Is this the future of music? Four of Drexel’s HUBO robots perform the Beatles’ “Come Together” in a demonstration that combines cutting-edge engineering technology and research with creative expression, produced by the Music & Entertainment Technology Laboratory (MET-lab). The HUBOs are operating autonomously (not human-controlled). Their movements are directed by student-developed software to perform the gestures necessary to produce the appropriate notes and beats as dictated by a musical score. Every sound in the video was performed by the robots.
Automaton: “This arrangement of The Beatles Come Together for a drum kit and three hubophones (yes, hubophones) might be one of the most, er, expensive displays of robotic music on record. Yes, I know, that drummer is no Ringo, but otherwise, it’s probably the most heartfelt and moving hubophone version of this song that we’ve ever heard.
Considering that each HUBO, an advanced humanoid developed at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), will run you between $300,000 and $400,000, you’re looking at a $1.5 million-ish production here, which I’m sure well reflects the amount of work that Drexel University’s HUBO music programming team Alyssa Batula, David Grunberg, and Matthew Prockup put into these robots.”
MET-lab student Matthew Prockup created the musical arrangement for drum kit and three “Hubophones”, novel percussion instruments designed and constructed by the lab for this performance.
HUBO was designed and developed by the Korea Advanced Institute of Technology (KAIST) Hubo Lab (Dr. Jun Ho Oh, Director). Drexel Engineering kicked-off National Engineers Week by unveiling seven HUBO humanoids at an unprecedented showcase event on February 20, 2012. Their presence at Drexel is part of a large collaborative project with KAIST and seven other U.S. universities with the goal of rapidly advancing humanoids research.
Robotics @ Drexel
Drexel Engineering kicked-off National Engineers Week by unveiling seven humanoid robots. A showcase event on Feb. 20 introduced all seven of the Korean HUBO robots, aka HUBOs, to the community. Their presence -together in one place- was a unique event that serves as a key milestone for a nationwide, collaborative robotics research effort funded by the National Science Foundation.