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Twinkle, Twinkle Little Robot Star

Here’s a cute video of a Robonova-1 playing Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star on a keyboard.  This was put together by Alyssa Batula at Drexel University’s Music Entertainment Technology lab.  Students there are working with the Drexel Autonomous Systems Lab to make robots dance to the rhythm of any song, which is being tested on Drexel’s resident full-scale humanoid, Jaemi HUBO.  It seems like they’ve got their work cut out for them.  It will take a lot of work before a robot can dance properly without a human precisely timing every move (see AIST’s Choreonoid software), but it’s a start.  It would certainly be interesting to see what kind of tune Jaemi could play on a keyboard, given its individually actuated 5-fingered hands.

Video (Robonova on the keyboard) (Mirror):

[source: Musical Robots @ Drexel MET Lab] via [thedancomplex @ YouTube]

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