Domo Arigato (Thank You Very Much), Mr. Roboto

By Meera Dolasia on December 7, 2009

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In November 2008, Astuo Takanishi and his fellow researchers from Japan's Waseda University, introduced to the world a new flute prodigy. The Robo flautist made headlines thanks to his dapper black bowler, flawless music and the fact that he not human but, a robot! Now, the talented musician has been joined by . . . . . .a saxophone tooting pal.

While the flutist took many years to perfect, his buddy, the saxophonist was completed in a relatively short period of time - partly because he is not as dapper looking as Robo Flautist, but also, because the saxophone sound is easier to replicate than the flute.

Both robots are equipped with cameras in their eyes and can 'hear' with microphones. This allows for them to interact with each other, as well as, with the human instrumentalistsand, respond accordingly. While not perfect yet, the two robots are able to respond to a musical piece after 'hearing' it played by a human.

Professor Takanishi's ultimate goal is to create an entire robot orchestra - one that will interact with each other and with humans and be able to improvise jazz band style, as they go along. I wonder what jazz legend Louis Armstrong would think of that idea?

The videos below showcases the talented duo playing the classical piece, “Trois Duos de Mendelssohn et Lachner.” as well as Robo flautist taking cue from a human musician. Pretty darn amazing, don't you think?


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  • chinmay3/19/2014
    this is good i am glad human's made robot's
    • kell-bell
      I used to play the flute
      • pearlcelina
        This is just a cool thing. I also play the saxophone and i know how hard it is to play it and then a robot playing it is just amazing.
        • ponywell
          AWESOME thats all i can say AWESOME
          • aquagirl
            omg thats super cool i want one of those robots !!!
            • ks4/29/2012
              i love the music!
              • ds4/29/2012
                • ambee4/6/2012
                  how wicked is that i love it
                  • alex123
                    wow whats next they will create a robot called motzbot
                  • Erika F.6/18/2011
                    I think they should play the trumpet. That would make my band teacher HAPPY!!!!




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