Asimo conducts symphony orchestra
Honda robot takes to the stage
Video Honda’s famous white robot has given the first musical performance of its life – conducting the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
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Late last month, Register Hardware reported how the car manufacturer had inked plans to showcase Asimo's musical skills at a specially arranged orchestral performance including famous cellist Yo-Yo Ma.
Well, last night the little white robot stepped onto the stage – or it was placed there by Honda technicians, we’re not sure – and skilfully led the orchestra through a rousing classical performance. Asimo - which stands for Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility - even took a small bow at the end.
Register Hardware wonders if Honda managed to get the robot to pack away all the instruments at the end of the performance too?
Finally, a real semiconductor
Asimo reminds me of the old joke about Lawrence Welk.
Really Old News This
I remember seeing this video a couple of years ago.
Why bring it to your readers attention after so long?
As someone who never even made grade 4 on the cello, I can assure you that is not conducting.
The grindingly slow change of direction leaves no clear beats. I couldn't have played along. "But you're rubbish!" yes, but a professional human conductor would be able to keep me *in time*, even if I made a horrible mess of the notes.
The professional musicians in the video were playing with each other -- the only thing Asimo did was tell them when to stop.
Give little asimo some credit! I'd like to see you guys stand up in front of an orchestra and know what your doing.
The motion of the arm movements and the way the robot turns at the end is simply stunning imo!
Makes me sad
I miss QRIO, I'm disappointed that the Sony discontinued his Asimo kicking ass!