Sunday 29 June 2008

Robot Clarinet wins International Orchestra competition

A robot clarinet designed by a team from UNSW and NICTA has won first prize with The Flight of the Bumblebee in the final, with second going to a Dutch developed guitar-picking robot which was followed by a Finnish piano-playing machine.

The Artemis orchestra competition was held in Athens, and the goal of the competition is to raise awareness about the growing capacity and applications of embedded computer systems. The contest rules require embedded device robots, with mass less than 20 kg, that play unmodified musical instruments.

Here is the background and explanatory video and here is the actual prize winning Flight of the Bumblebee piece.
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