New Delhi, Sept 13: In first of it’s kind of an event, the B-roll robot of ABB conducted an orchestra in Italy. The European nations becomes first in the world to automate an orchestra.
The dual-armed robot, named as YuMi, is designed by ABB. On Tuesday evening, at a gala event in Pasa’s Teatro Verdi, it conducted the Lucca Philharmonic Orchestra.
Orchestra was conducted by YuMi into three pieces, comprising of La Donna e Mobile, renditioned by Bocelli, from Verdi’s Rigoletto and Maria Luigia Bonci’s solo of Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi.
YuMi’s performance drew applause from the observers. The robot’s trainer, Andrea Colombini, said the machine is designed in a manner to execute its task in the most efficient manner.
Writing in a blog post ahead of the performance, Colombini described the process as “satisfying, albeit challenging”. He said the robot’s performance was based upon programming, followed by the fine-tuning to synchronize its movement with the music.
“The gestural nuances of a conductor have been fully reproduced at a level that was previously unthinkable to me. This is an incredible step forward, given the rigidity of gestures by previous robots,” Colombini added.
Yumi, priced at $40,000, caters to a different set of audience who may not necessarily need the robot for home-based jobs. The company claims that it could handle complicated tasks, with near about perfection.