Robots Learn the Skin Flute?

August 19, 2008

Toyota has come out with a robot able to play instruments like a champ. Why a car manufacturer spends millions of dollars for something like this shall remain a mystery, but when machines start dabbling in the arts it's time to call Will Smith. 

Here's what Toyota says:

"These robots, which are being developed to use tools, will play an entertaining role in the performance. Able to move their artificial lips with the same finesse as humans, the robots demonstrate the agility of their arms, hands and fingers as they play trumpets, tubas and drums."

I mean, maybe it's the curse of a creative mind, but when I read that something has lips with the same finesse as a human's it does set the mind a blur. Here's a G-rated video for now.