However heated the ping pong matches get in whichever tech office where you happen to work, we’re pretty sure no one you know is making shots like these guys.
As hosts of quite an epic table tennis tournament ourselves, at the annual GeekWire Bash, we’ve seen some impressive play. But the folks at Pongfinity, the Finnish YouTube table tennis channel, have put together a stunning new clip reel.
These guys aren’t just squeezing in a game on the lunchroom table before returning to their desks to write code. It’s clearly an obsession and the trick shots in the video provide proof of that.
Watch one of the dudes whack a ping pong ball from across the room and take the cap off a Coke bottle. There are also numerous shots that sail through hollowed out paper cups or through the center of a roll of tape. These guys are the ping-pong equivalent of those Dude Perfect bros who hit basketball shots and throw footballs into garbage cans from ridiculous distances.
If your tech rec-room skills don’t quite measure up, there might be hope. Yet another video this week — from what appears to be a good week for ping-pong videos? — showcases a robot that’ll change your game.
Forpheus, from Japanese automation company Omron, was certified in September as the “first robot table tennis tutor” by Guinness World Records. Watch it in action at CEATEC 2016 in Japan: