Robots playing chess is not a new concept. ITRI’s companion robot is equipped with Intelligent Vision System to interpret and act on visual information while learning from its experiences. A robot with this technology can perform various household tasks, including clearing a table and serving drinks.
ITRI’s chess playing robot can not only distinguish between various chess pieces and their locations, it can also serve coffee. It can fill coffee at various fill levels and move objects, taking into account their size, shape, and location.
According to ITRI, the robot becomes better at chess the more it plays. More information is available here.