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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  • No oneWednesday, August 31, 2016 at 4:47 pm
    Same with me! But im terribly terrible at 16th notes
    • hermione-g
      hermione-gFriday, March 6, 2015 at 5:03 am
      I am also a flutist. Seems like that Robot is as good as me, but no Emotion.
      • awesomesoccer
        awesomesoccerMonday, September 8, 2014 at 1:35 pm
        • chinmayWednesday, March 19, 2014 at 3:33 pm
          this is good i am glad human's made robot's
          • kell-bell
            kell-bellTuesday, January 7, 2014 at 9:18 am
            I used to play the flute
            • pearlcelina
              pearlcelinaSunday, October 20, 2013 at 6:02 am
              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
                ponywellFriday, November 9, 2012 at 7:42 am
                AWESOME thats all i can say AWESOME
                • aquagirl
                  aquagirlFriday, September 21, 2012 at 3:48 pm
                  omg thats super cool i want one of those robots !!!
                  • ksSunday, April 29, 2012 at 8:17 am
                    i love the music!
                    • dsSunday, April 29, 2012 at 8:17 am

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