Photos: NICTA robot plays the clarinet

Photos: NICTA robot plays the clarinet

Summary: Australian ICT research centre NICTA has teamed up with a robotics group from the University of NSW (UNSW) to build a robot that plays the clarinet, demonstrating new applications of embedded systems.


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  • The combined NICTA and UNSW project, led by NICTA's Dr John Judge, developed the clarinet playing robot in over eight months.

    The clarinet works without an attached PC, demonstrating versatility of embedded systems. The human interface is achieved via USB attached keyboard, LCD screen and LEDs. NICTA estimates that around 98 per cent of computing devices are now embedded, with systems getting smaller and smarter each day.

    Photos courtesy of NICTA

    A video of the robot can be seen here.

  • The robotic clarinet won an international technology award, the ARTEMIS Orchestra competition in Athens.

    According to Dr Judge, his team won first place due to the high level of technical difficulty in the design of its robot "mouth", and the device's unique, completely embedded computer system.

    Seen in this picture are UNSW students Mark Sheahan and Jean Geoffroy.

    A video of the robot can be seen here.

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