Music-Reading, Singing Robot Head Not Even a Little Creepy… Really [Video]

I’d like to start by acknowledging that this is a great achievement robotics–this machine can read and translate notes and rhythm from regular sheet music. That’s pretty awesome. But the weird Plasticine skin and jerky facial movement is straight out of every nightmare I had between the ages of four and ten.

Chyi-Yeu Lin and colleagues at the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology in Taipei created a robot that first takes a photo of the music, which is notated with numbers and words, using cameras built into the eyes. An algorithm extracts pitch, rhythm, and lyrics from that image and sends the information to a voice synthesiser.

The synthesiser matches sounds in the Mandarin language with the Roman spellings of the lyrics. Then, in a sudden burst of activity, the robot begins to sing, its mouth opening and closing with the words.

I’ll sleep just fine tonight, thanks.

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8 Responses to Music-Reading, Singing Robot Head Not Even a Little Creepy… Really [Video]

  1. ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!! scary!!!!! and it's supposed to replace receptionists at restaurants?!!!!…..robots are taking over!!!!!…soon we won't be able to tell the difference……….

  2. Ok I find Robots just as awesome as the next person but two things that don't like about this. ONE: that thing is terrifying and TWO: It's hard enough for the average person to find a job now and they're planning to use this thing to take more jobs away? Not cool.

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