Hawk is a humanoid, autonomous, wireless, and handsome robot made by Canadian company Dr. Robot. He's got WiFi, a GPS navigation system, dual cameras in his moveable, animated head, and a host of other cameras and sensors that keep him trucking along. Designed with education in mind, Hawk's skill set is a bit limited, but his hands are pretty impressive. Hawk is on sale now, and while there's no price listed for the bot, base parts of the robot are in the range of $5,000. Video of Hawk beating the skins after the break: yes, we're aware of the fact that he's not exactly John Bonham but, then again -- neither are any of your friends, right?
It seems he also plays wind machine, as produced by his noisy arms.
Still, the idea is cool; and an orchestra made entirely of robots would be extremely interesting. But I'm not sure why the robots have to look like humans... surely there are more efficient ways to design the machines? Can't they be designed for specific instruments?
I would agree, Sean. The drummer would be more efficiently designed with a striker/stick poised above every drum in his kit, instead of having to find the drum with cameras before striking it with movable arms.
But the humanoid drummer robot is more challenging, and therefore more impressive.
At least this drummer will show up to a gig sober and won't be a smarta.....nevermind.
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