Even robots want to get in on the showbiz action sometimes. Not content with autonomous Quadrotors performing the James Bond theme, robots are now also performing full renditions of classic songs such as "Come Together".
A team over at Drexel University's Musical and Entertainment Technology Laboratory got a group of HUBO robots to perform a cover version of one of The Beatles' hits. The ensemble was part of an Engineering Week Exhibition, in which the HUBO robot (originally developed in Japan) was heavily displayed.
What makes these robots and their performance particularly interesting is that, much like the Quadrotor robots, they do not need much human interaction to undertake tasks. The robots' movements are developed by software made by the university researchers, with each motion carried out as dictated by the notes needed for the song. So now, as well as undertaking human-like tasks such as walking, the HUBO bots can now do complicated tasks like performing music--no human necessary. All the instruments are also DIY jobs, made out of materials such as plastic tubing and spatulas for drumsticks.
While the performance may not sound perfect, it's fascinating watching a group of robots perform without relying on human intervention. The highlight is possibly the way in which HUBO robots display the words (or pictures of the words) on their faces. Also, being honest, their musical instrument ability is by far better than mine. Nice work, group!
Check out the video below to see band "The HUBOs" in action:
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