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OMRON Returns to CES With Next-Generation FORPHEUS and Near-Future Factory Exhibit

The fifth-generation FORPHEUS table tennis-playing robot. Source: OMRON

December 13, 2018      

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — OMRON Corp., a world leader in technology designed to solve social issues, will feature its latest advancements in artificial intelligence, robotics, sensing and automation at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The company’s main hall CES booth will feature the next-generation FORPHEUS, the world’s first AI-equipped table tennis tutor. It will also feature a Factory Harmony exhibit – an interactive experience of the manufacturing floor of the near future in which humans and machines work together in harmony.

“OMRON technology is created to address social issues, improve lives, and build a better tomorrow. This year, we will present a larger booth with an expanded showcase of breakthrough technologies,” said Nigel Blakeway, managing executive officer of OMRON. “CES is an extraordinary opportunity to connect with new partners, and we are thrilled to be participating for a second straight year.”

FORPHEUS, a sensation at least year’s CES, returns to Las Vegas in January with new capabilities. Fifth-generation FORPHEUS features enhanced AI coaching, superior camera systems to predict player behavior and returns, and new robotic “elbow and wrist” movement that allows it to put topspin and backspin on shots and tutor more advanced players.

OMRON said FORPHEUS demonstrates its core technologies of “Sensing & Control + Think.” These technologies, including artificial intelligence, robotics, vision sensing, and control comprise machines that are intuitive, act in harmony with others, and constantly assess and improve their own performance.

OMRON's Future Harmony booth at CES 2019

The “Factory Harmony” exhibit will showcase technologies for human-machine collaboration. Source: OMRON

OMRON’s Factory Harmony exhibit will show how these technologies come to life in a real-world environment designed to enhance productivity and product quality, improve worker safety and employ machines to help enhance human capabilities.

Those who visit the OMRON CES Booth can be part of a representative product manufacturing process and receive a personalized sample product assembled through a harmonious cooperation between humans and machines.

OMRON has a strong heritage of influence and innovation. The company invented the first automated cash dispenser, as well as automated traffic control systems, facial recognition sensing and a distance warning system for automobiles. OMRON also said it is the global market leader in home blood pressure monitoring technology.

These advances in technology result from OMRON’s approach to innovation – predicting, anticipating and responding to societal needs, and drawing on proprietary sensing and control technology to produce products and services that contribute to quality of life.

“Despite the high chances that people around the world have engaged with OMRON technologies, not everyone is familiar with our company and its philosophy,” said Blakeway. “As we grow our presence in the U.S. and globally, our presence at CES provides opportunity for us to connect with top tech talent and partners who want to be a part of the thrilling work we’re doing in AI, robotics, automation, sensing and control to build the near-future society.”

About OMRON Corp.

OMRON Corp. is a global leader in the field of automation based on its core technology of “Sensing & Control + Think.” Established in 1933, OMRON has about 36,000 employees worldwide, working to provide products and services in 117 countries.

The company’s business fields cover a broad spectrum, ranging from industrial automation and electronic components to automotive electronics, social infrastructure systems, healthcare and environmental solutions. For more information, visit