Feeds

Honda android to conduct symphony orchestra

Foo Bah-Bah-Bah-Baaah!

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

Detroit Symphony Orchestra conductor Thomas Wilkins could be getting worried, because the US classical music ensemble has orchestrated plans to replace him - temporarily at least - with a Honda robot.

Next month, the car manufacturer’s Asimo - which stands for Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility, apparently - will conduct the DSO for a special performance, which also includes a performance by the famous cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

The event’s designed to show off Asimo's “unique capabilities” - according to Honda - for keeping the orchestra in time and… er… waving a white stick. The robot's repertoire isn't yet known.

ASIMO_orchestra

Asimo is to conduct an orchestra, if the batteries hold out

But if the orchestra finds the droid isn't up to the task, they have a quick go themselves, courtesy of a promotional Wii videogame that lets users conduct an orchestra with the console’s Remote.

If the orchestra needs a hand getting home after the performance then Honda could also lend each member one of the new walking machines it has just invented. Hopefully, Asimo won’t need one too - unless its batteries match the duration of the average Bruckner symphony.

The performance takes place on 13 May in the US and more information about it is available here.

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
Official: European members prefer to fondle Apple iPads
Only 7 of 50 parliamentarians plump for Samsung Galaxy S
Fujitsu CTO: We'll be 3D-printing tech execs in 15 years
Fleshy techie disses network neutrality, helmet-less motorcyclists
Space Commanders rebel as Elite:Dangerous kills offline mode
Frontier cops an epic kicking in its own forums ahead of December revival
Intel's LAME DUCK mobile chips gobbled by CASH COW
Chipzilla won't have money-losing mobe unit to kick about anymore
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
How to determine if cloud backup is right for your servers
Two key factors, technical feasibility and TCO economics, that backup and IT operations managers should consider when assessing cloud backup.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Getting ahead of the compliance curve
Learn about new services that make it easy to discover and manage certificates across the enterprise and how to get ahead of the compliance curve.