Nov 3, 2008

A Robot, A Flute And Rimsky-Korsakoff

Look what I saw in Technology Review last week, a robot that not only plays the flute but can teach others how to as well!
Here's a bit of what they have to say:

One of the more whimsical robots presented at BioRob 2008 in Arizona last week, was the latest version of the Waseda Flutist Robot, a robot musician first created in the 1990s. Jorge Solis, a researcher at Waseda University, in Japan, has been working on the robot since 2003, and he and other researchers recently made some important improvements, including adding more than 40 degrees of freedom to its body to make its flute playing more lifelike, and giving it the ability to recognize and interact with other human players.

They have a very interesting video in the review showing The Robot Flutist playing "Flight of the Bumblebee".
Can't you just imagine a whole orchestra of these guys? It would be a feast for the eyes and the ears. I wonder if they will be available for hire as tutors?


Cindy said...

That is too cool! Pretty soon they will make a whole orchestra. Thanks for sharing!

Felicia said...

How cool is this!

Nodin's Nest said...

Cindy: I think that would be great to see!
Felicia: Agreed, very cool!

Pfeiffer Photos said...

So clever!

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