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Automatic pool stick vs. strangers

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An automatic pool playing robot - how hard could it be? Turns out harder than I thought. It took me quite a while to work through all the difficulties of this project but when it all finally came together is so worth it. To my surprise the most interesting aspect of this project is using the cue to play real games of pool over the internet. Let me know if you think twitch plays billiards would be worthwhile...


  1. SmarterEveryDay


    2 сарын өмнө

    Meat servo cheats... (By the way you should totally support Shane on Patreon, like I do: www.patreon.com/stuffmadehere/ )

    • YK cam

      YK cam

      18 цагийн өмнө

      honestly you suck at pool if you need a robot

    • Two Dogs AndaMan

      Two Dogs AndaMan

      2 өдрийн өмнө

      @darcy stabler Hello.

    • herbert164


      2 өдрийн өмнө

      except i got banned from patreon for making an account 3x.

    • darcy stabler

      darcy stabler

      2 өдрийн өмнө


    • Gizno Fux

      Gizno Fux

      3 өдрийн өмнө


  2. notdatpal


    4 цагийн өмнө

    I gained 100 IQ after watching this video, i had none before This guy is genius man wth

  3. solllem


    5 цагийн өмнө

    Is this man an A.I ?

  4. jullian tena

    jullian tena

    5 цагийн өмнө

    Efren Reyes who literally can beat the robot : 😴

  5. SolarCasanova


    5 цагийн өмнө

    This dude didn't showcase him shooting pool for more than a minute. Did I miss something

  6. Alvydas Jokubauskas

    Alvydas Jokubauskas

    5 цагийн өмнө

    Every pro player will want it for millions!

  7. Andreas Christofi

    Andreas Christofi

    5 цагийн өмнө

    This guy must be a genius

  8. Andreas Christofi

    Andreas Christofi

    5 цагийн өмнө


  9. Siddhant Thakre

    Siddhant Thakre

    5 цагийн өмнө

    Cheatcoad activated

  10. Je am

    Je am

    5 цагийн өмнө

    what is his IQ??

  11. David Aw

    David Aw

    6 цагийн өмнө

    How would your sophisticated intellect help retail traders make at least 1% A month trading stocks?

  12. Mc Chadwick Comeros

    Mc Chadwick Comeros

    6 цагийн өмнө


  13. frdtjf


    6 цагийн өмнө

    I'm amazed and inspired!

  14. Qai


    7 цагийн өмнө

    I wanna see the robot do the longest possible shot with the most rebounds possible

  15. Hugo Hassim

    Hugo Hassim

    7 цагийн өмнө

    In that week of pain you coulda just got good at pool but I get that isn’t the point 😅

  16. AlexAutomatix84


    7 цагийн өмнө

    This dude is a mad scientist 100%

  17. Margaritis Rossios

    Margaritis Rossios

    7 цагийн өмнө

    your comment about raising children was so unnecessary. We cannot afford believing some humans are better than others as a whole. It can be fuel for any sort of discriminative hate. You have a brain, use it to connect the dots dude.

  18. Dark Pro

    Dark Pro

    7 цагийн өмнө


  19. unknown austrian

    unknown austrian

    8 цагийн өмнө

    11:28 Why did nobody here mention the article on the top monitor? xD

  20. TheDudeabides


    8 цагийн өмнө

    Efren reyes would still win

  21. SMG Bros

    SMG Bros

    8 цагийн өмнө

    7:18 Can you hear what you are saying?

  22. Fahad Naqvi

    Fahad Naqvi

    9 цагийн өмнө

    The word Genius is made for you

  23. ufuk k.

    ufuk k.

    9 цагийн өмнө


  24. Holy Lotus

    Holy Lotus

    10 цагийн өмнө

    this literally is what it feels like to make a 100 track dubstep production on ableton

  25. Hamburger man

    Hamburger man

    11 цагийн өмнө

    my god this guy is way too smart, this is truly unbelievable

  26. Morten A

    Morten A

    11 цагийн өмнө

    doing all of this instead of just prectis

  27. Mr. Sprinkles

    Mr. Sprinkles

    11 цагийн өмнө

    or you could practice?

  28. Rihan Rizaldy Wibowo

    Rihan Rizaldy Wibowo

    11 цагийн өмнө

    I hope someday you could built life-sized iron man suit 😂

  29. Terry Wulf Wulf

    Terry Wulf Wulf

    11 цагийн өмнө

    if you move the table 1inch , then the algorithm is mess again ???

  30. Václav Trojan

    Václav Trojan

    12 цагийн өмнө

    love it!

  31. Luke G

    Luke G

    12 цагийн өмнө

    You won this like Iron Man. GGs.

  32. G A L A X I S

    G A L A X I S

    12 цагийн өмнө

    7:17 "i wanna enjoy the game of pool the way its meant to be" *whips out the custom aim assist cue*

  33. S W

    S W

    12 цагийн өмнө

    Awesome! You should sell at least the projector to companies offering pool courses

  34. EZ Z

    EZ Z

    12 цагийн өмнө

    You two are hilarious! Oh, and yeah.... that robot? It is your kid, you gave birth, at exactly 12:32. Congratulations!

  35. Justin K

    Justin K

    12 цагийн өмнө

    seems like your girlfriend is very unsupportive... Looks like a toxic relationship...

  36. Benjamin Andrew

    Benjamin Andrew

    12 цагийн өмнө

    What a skillset to have!

  37. Alessio Santi

    Alessio Santi

    12 цагийн өмнө

    You should definitely apply all this knowledge to an ultra technologic sex machine.

  38. Ashok Pall

    Ashok Pall

    13 цагийн өмнө

    I wounder how Ronnie O Sullivan would feel if I brought this cue to the Snooker world champion or crucible.

  39. dyson nicholson

    dyson nicholson

    13 цагийн өмнө

    First time even the sponsor plug was interesting for the creative possibilities, now where do I get a brain like that lol

  40. F C

    F C

    13 цагийн өмнө

    13:15 Favorite part, ending with: "It seems like it's doing exactly what it's supposed to do." wife cuts off! lol

  41. David Tal

    David Tal

    14 цагийн өмнө

    this is all kinds of awesome. well fucking done mate.

  42. Loop


    14 цагийн өмнө


  43. Abiogenesis Zero Proof

    Abiogenesis Zero Proof

    14 цагийн өмнө

    Can a computer play a game more consistently and reliably than a human being? For the most part, yes. But once you take the human element out of games, there is no point in having games, none. The unpredictability that is inherently present with humans is what literally makes the difference between a champion and everyone else. That is the ENTIRE point of a game. Building a robot defeats the purpose and spirit of games.

  44. Pv 21

    Pv 21

    14 цагийн өмнө

    You are genius

  45. InvahaK


    14 цагийн өмнө

    Вот это я понимаю мозг!

  46. Derek Derek

    Derek Derek

    14 цагийн өмнө

    Screw youtube. How did this human exist and I've never been shown his videos before??? I am blown away by this kid, he's on a different level of ability than any other youtube science person. Wow.

  47. Eldong Dee

    Eldong Dee

    14 цагийн өмнө

    Efren Reyes can beat your pool robot

  48. Willy Ames

    Willy Ames

    15 цагийн өмнө

    now to put the camera in your glasses and sync it up

  49. JustAnother FootballFan

    JustAnother FootballFan

    15 цагийн өмнө

    Now you need to use a cartesian robot on wheels, so you can play against Ai and allow you to play people online without having to lineup the cue yourself.

  50. Vaibhav Pawar

    Vaibhav Pawar

    15 цагийн өмнө

    why am I feeling so proud for the success ,man computer engineering is something

  51. Andrew Dunbar

    Andrew Dunbar

    15 цагийн өмнө

    You know you have to implement it without the overhead camera, with either a camera on the cue or on your glasses. Or the one on your glasses builds up a model of the scene as you look at the table from various angles, and the one on the cue does the aiming instead of projecting onto the table.

  52. William Heimiller

    William Heimiller

    15 цагийн өмнө

    Mark Rober or Stuff Made Here...there can be only one...but I heard one was a clone project of the other.

  53. Loibl-GP


    16 цагийн өмнө

    And here I am sitting and spilling my coke over my keyboard... I'm very talented 👌🏿



    16 цагийн өмнө

    SEE the top monitor at 12:22😂

  55. mark dacosta

    mark dacosta

    16 цагийн өмнө

    This guy and Micheal reeves need to collab!!

  56. Kai Lu

    Kai Lu

    16 цагийн өмнө

    There could be a world competition on this robotic pool based on this video's technology and I am looking forward to see it happening.

  57. limeypride


    16 цагийн өмнө

    ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT and don''t let anyone tell you otherwise! I'm a Snooker and Pool player (4 decades at it and, err, rather good if I say so myself) but also experienced in the world of software engineering (3 decades) so I feel my opinion counts--this was superb in both ideation and execution (especially the latter). Well done!! And apparently, 5,600 people (as of 4/17/2021) are unappreciative of the intellect and necessary creativity that went into this... hmmm, since you 5,600 seem to think you're entitled to a bull$hit opinion, here's welcoming you to mine: Neanderthal douchebags the lot of you. Really, go elsewhere if this doesn't wow you... sigh. What a world we live in...

  58. Nigel Burcao

    Nigel Burcao

    17 цагийн өмнө

    10:00 Depression

  59. vtencouchclimbr


    17 цагийн өмнө

    "I want to enjoy the game the way it was meant to be played" - The guy with a robotic pool cue

  60. Abhinavkishore G V

    Abhinavkishore G V

    17 цагийн өмнө

    wowww.... just wowww.. MAN.. You are awesome

  61. Mr Gumble

    Mr Gumble

    17 цагийн өмнө

    Pov: sucks at pool so decides to makes an unbeatable pool que

  62. Baku


    17 цагийн өмнө

    oh my fuck

  63. 05you2


    17 цагийн өмнө

    As an MIT engineer, I am blown away. Hats off to you!

  64. Lance Leonard

    Lance Leonard

    18 цагийн өмнө

    this is next level! amazing stuff

  65. Tao Feng

    Tao Feng

    18 цагийн өмнө

    best loser???

  66. K Y

    K Y

    18 цагийн өмнө

    No program it to always sink the 8 ball

  67. ATechnews


    18 цагийн өмнө

    I don't know if Micro Center will ever see this But i still want to say Thank you Micro Center for sponsoring hence enabling (stuff made here). I learned a lot. If i was able to i would definitely buy from you.

  68. Kaptin Krybaby

    Kaptin Krybaby

    18 цагийн өмнө

    This was awesome, i subbed

  69. Coal Nel

    Coal Nel

    18 цагийн өмнө

    This is like the guy who invented the wheel in ancient Aztec but only used it for toys

  70. Maaz Raza

    Maaz Raza

    19 цагийн өмнө

    This has practical military applications. Take this video down.

  71. Samira Magar

    Samira Magar

    19 цагийн өмнө

    What about doing same settings with carromboard?

  72. Ollie


    19 цагийн өмнө

    This guy reminds me of a smarter (slightly nerdy) jacksfilms... but good

  73. Clay Ski

    Clay Ski

    19 цагийн өмнө

    yessir micro center MN thats where i get anything that has to do wit pc

  74. Roland Carlos

    Roland Carlos

    19 цагийн өмнө

    this guy is crazy.....how do you build a robot pool stick to beat your wife? lmfao

  75. Maliha Ariel

    Maliha Ariel

    19 цагийн өмнө

    For Starters.... Robots are not better than us..... they serve a purpose. That’s it. CANCELLED 🚫 #Blood 🩸 You technically said a Tesla is better than a human but the human created it!

  76. Tom Martin

    Tom Martin

    19 цагийн өмнө

    Ur brilliant man

  77. Thirsos Makloklas

    Thirsos Makloklas

    19 цагийн өмнө

    dude what did this guy study? he's an engineer, a programmer, a data scientist, a network scientist what the hell

  78. Multi Mason

    Multi Mason

    19 цагийн өмнө

    That's pretty awesome. Suggestions? Make it so it fits on your arm, and mounts a regular unmodified pool stick. It should be powered by something that fits on your back. Instead of the overhead camera, a head mounted 3d capture/augmented reality system. You could walk around the table a few times to map the table in 3d. Yes I realize that what I'm describing is pretty far out, but not impossible, and you're original automatic pool stick idea was pretty far out too, but you made it work. It would take some time, but I do believe you could make something based on this concept that was more flexible, self-contained and user-friendly. For normal pool stick held by a system mounted to arm, the stick could go through a fixed loop near the hand/wrist, while the back of the stick was moved on an xy axis near the elbow for aim, then bumped on the z axis for the shot. Maybe you could use gyro sensors to track positioning, then record points of reference for the holes by running a gyro sensor along the rim of each hole. If you don't have a stationary camera, but rather just pov, then combining photogrammetry with motion tracking sensors may be a possible solution.

  79. Marvelous Software

    Marvelous Software

    19 цагийн өмнө

    How about making an automatic back scratcher?

  80. Christopher Eck

    Christopher Eck

    19 цагийн өмнө

    Dude u are so smart I wish I was half this smart😭😭

  81. Sylpi & Sophia

    Sylpi & Sophia

    19 цагийн өмнө

    with this kind of commitment and dedication, attending school and doing work is a cakewalk. hats off to you, sir!

  82. Fadedredx


    19 цагийн өмнө

    Holy crap, this was insanely cool

  83. --


    19 цагийн өмнө

    There was nothing easy about that. Great video. Also much harder than labor 🤣

  84. Victor Neumann

    Victor Neumann

    19 цагийн өмнө

    I won't be surprised if this guy manages to find out how to teleport and travel time, then just move on and build a robot that makes his wife happy so he can build more robots that beat her in various games, how can you be that smart?

  85. Dana Lawton

    Dana Lawton

    20 цагийн өмнө

    We could all come up the idea but actually doing it, damn!

  86. 33whitten


    20 цагийн өмнө

    What defense contractor patents were you apart of to afford all this?

  87. Fabricio Resmini

    Fabricio Resmini

    20 цагийн өмнө

    when you dont now how to play pool but you are a genius:

  88. bpetnoi


    20 цагийн өмнө

    I am such an idiot. Nerd talk for "that damn tough diagnostic problem 99% of the people on planet earth could not do, which includes me, took longer than I thought it would". Such a pleasure to see skilled and well educated young people. This young man might be the person who someday figures out how to get a powered artificial leg to walk in a normal manner. Oh his wife is the perfect, I say perfect straight man or women if you prefer.

  89. optic is a bot

    optic is a bot

    20 цагийн өмнө

    “Work long hours with no pay” Electricity bill: am I a joke to you

  90. Kam Dulqsy

    Kam Dulqsy

    20 цагийн өмнө

    I love when he says he has no idea about something. It feels like we're at the same level of intelligence... for a moment 😭

  91. Pikarizard Charikachu

    Pikarizard Charikachu

    20 цагийн өмнө

    You better patent that, so people that would like to improve it will buy the concept and source code from you. Although... You posted basically the whole instructions. And I don't know how actually patent works. But here is a suggestion of possible money.

  92. 是绵羊啊


    20 цагийн өмнө

    所以micro centre是一个没有奸商还帮你选货的华强北??

  93. The Variety of KimmPorr

    The Variety of KimmPorr

    20 цагийн өмнө


  94. D Th

    D Th

    21 цагийн өмнө

    Color of the table?

  95. Nathan Bresee

    Nathan Bresee

    21 цагийн өмнө

    Just turn the pool cue around then you can miss

  96. Jason Spring

    Jason Spring

    21 цагийн өмнө

    That was great. Loved watching that. Just subbed

  97. David Martín

    David Martín

    21 цагийн өмнө

    I hope that MNmore is only a way for you to get more fun or money and you got already a full job at the NASA or something like that. Really. I think people with your capabilities should be working at the greatest projects that push the humanity forward. Otherwise it is reaaaally cool and fun what you do. Congratulations .

  98. Trip Aces

    Trip Aces

    22 цагийн өмнө

    this is real content

  99. Kunal Nayyar

    Kunal Nayyar

    22 цагийн өмнө

    I would literally die to be at his level of dedication, determination and of course intellect, I think we can all agree for him to represent the homo sapiens at area 51

  100. henrylimit


    22 цагийн өмнө