Members of the University of Georgia's women's tennis team never have a problem finding someone to practice with. Even if no one else is available to play a match or return volleys, they can always count on Boomer--the tennis-playing robot.

Developed by Dave Jordan, Boomer is able to play entire matches at varying degrees of difficulty in a realistic fashion, using a television camera and a computer.

"Ball machines only move left and right," Jordan explained to a local reporter. "They've improved, but they are still limited. When you reach a higher level of...

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