Robot Plays the Thermin Interactively (Video)

Robot thermin player

More years ago than we care to remember, we hand loaded an assembly language program called "Music of a Sort" written by Steve Dompier into an Intel 8080 based processor then carefully positioned a transistor radio so that it would pickup the electrical noise generated as the program executed. By changing the values to be sorted different frequencies were generated, and everyone was amazed to hear really horrible classical music issuing from the radio speakers.

Now, decades later, researchers have been able to creatively program not only computers but also humanoid robots, so that they can follow the music played by other performers and play along, matching them chord for chord and note for note.

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MAKE Tokyo 06: Matt Mets and the Spoon Organ (Video)

Matt Mets, a prolific maker, writer for MAKE, and completely over the top hacker, put together a Spoon Organ for the Tokyo Hackerspace exhibit at MAKE Tokyo 06.

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Hacking Music (Video)




Electronic music, especially hand-made electronic musical instruments, may not be "robotic" in the strict definition of the word, but they are still fascinating and a lot of fun, as we found out Sunday night.

Check out this hand made music video we took at the event for a small taste of what it possible.

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"We Build Fun" Florida Robotics (Video)

Florida Robotics believes “Nothing can entertain or draw a crowd like a Robot”, especially one from Florida Robotics.

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Nike Robot Exploits Parkour (Video)

The most recent Nike “Exploit Yourself” commerical series combines Parkour, robotics, a driving music beat, and seems to draw heavily from Hinokio. Pretty cool:

The Runner -Exploit yourself- from BLR_VFX on Vimeo.

Hinokio, by the way, had a lot of other dimensions to his character and personality than just the physical.

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Takara/Tomy Set to Release New Pet Robot Series

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We can’t share the details with you, at least not yet, but we can tell you that Takara/Tomy is about to release some of the cutest, and most interesting, pet robots we’ve ever seen. We had the chance to play with them and could hardly resist sneaking a couple into our pocket.

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