In October it was announced that the University of Tokyo had signed a deal with Aldebaran Robotics’ Educational Partnership Program, adopting no less than 30 NAOs. Now junior students from the University of Tokyo’s Departments of Mechanical Engineering/ Mechano-Informatics and Tokyo University of the Arts’ Department of Sculpture have teamed up to work on “The Beauty of Posture and Motion in Humanoid Robots”. After just a few weeks getting their feet wet, the students have already begun synchronizing short motion routines with music in their pursuit of beautiful poses and movement. It’s surely an interesting opportunity for the art students, and perhaps some of their aesthetic intuition will rub off on the engineers. Check out the video on YouTube.
[source: Yoshihiko Nakamura's blog (EN)]