Nowadays, robots can be read on the news everywhere as they are taking on a number of tasks that have been previously considered as impossible for a machine to do. Recently, a new robot named YuMi, did just that as it conducted the Lucca Philharmonic Orchestra at the Verdi Theatre in Pisa, Italy.
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The event was part of the First International Festival of Robotics, which was held from September 7-13. YuMi is a two-armed robot that was designed by Swiss Firm ABB, a company that designs for a great number of customers.
Rehearsals were carried out so that the robot would memorize and incorporate the correct hand movements as well as gestures that is done by Andrea Colombini, the resident conductor. The result was that the robot was able to successfully conduct three of the 18 pieces, wherein two of the included the aria La Donna e’ Mobile, from Verdi’s opera Rigoletto.
Andrea Bocelli and ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer with YuMi Robot before the concert. Source: ABB
First International Festival of Robotics
YuMi was present at the theatre to mark the opening of the e First International Festival of Robotics in Pisa, Italy. With this event, the city hopes to build on the success of the Robotics Congress in the past year which was also organized by the city. The reviews have been positive from the audience. According to Colombini, “We basically had to find time to understand his movements. When we found the way, everything was pretty easy,” he also added, “It is absolutely fantastic. And the technicians were fantastic just to make everything perfect, especially in the length and in the speed of the gesture, which is very important”.
While this event was truly an interesting experience, there are a few who might say that there was something missing. It was the expression on the face of the conductor as he directs and influences his orchestra.