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MOTOMAN: Robotic Taiko Drummer

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posted on Jul, 23 2007 @ 09:36 PM

On July 21, a team of four MOTOMAN machines — two dual-armed MOTOMAN-DIA10 robots and two MOTOMAN-HP3 welding robots — gave a special taiko performance at the nearly 400-year-old Kokura Gion Daiko Festival in Kitakyushu, which is famous for its traditional drumming competition.

Yaskawa worked with festival organizers for four months to teach the robots the proper rhythm, technique and choreography for the performance, which was seen as a success.

Pink Tentacle

This robot type is very versatile, it was originally designed for manufacturing
on the factory floor, than it was put into use as a mail sorter and now it's being used
as a drummer in a festival.

Robots really have come a long way from the first hydraulic arm of the 60's and
mechanical suits of armour of Da Vinci's days.

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