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Robot Companion Lets the Music Play

Scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Center for Music Technology have developed a robot designed to help people better enjoy music. Shimi is a smartphone-enabled robot that recommends songs based on ongoing listener feedback and dances to the music’s beat. The one-foot-tall robot is a docking station powered by an Android-compatible phone. When the phone is docked, the robot accesses applications on the device that let it function. Through the phone’s camera and face-detecting software, for example, Shimi follows a user around the room and repositions its speakers to provide the user with the best sound possible. It can also take a rhythm tapped by a user and find songs on the device with a similar tempo. Once the music is playing, Shimi dances. The scientists are working on more features, such as having Shimi skip a song or change the volume based on hand movements. The researchers—with colleagues from the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya University in Israel and the MIT Media Lab—have created the Tovbot company to commercialize Shimi, which they expect to be available in late 2013. They demonstrated their robot at the recent Google I/O 2012 conference in San Francisco. (Science Daily)(Georgia Tech)

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