Photos: Robots on parade

Photos: Robots on parade

Summary: A robot that plays the Violin? ZDNet Australia visited NICTA's Neville Roach Laboratory to see what all the fuss was about. We also discover what other amazing things today's robots can do.

TOPICS: Emerging Tech

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  • Designed as a fourth-year mechatronic engineering project, RoboFiddler was built by students at the University of Adelaide.

    RoboFiddler, sponsored by technology research institute NICTA (National ICT Australia) has been on display at science and career fairs in Canberra. It came second in the first ARTEMIS Orchestra contest, held in Berlin in June.

    The competition challenges teams to create devices with embedded technologies that can play real musical instruments.

    Credit: Luke Anderson/ZDNet Australia.

  • RoboFiddler consists of a Dell PC connected to micro-controller to guide a robotic "bow arm" and six metal fingers. 28 notes can be played across the violin's four strings, but only one at a time.

    Credit: Luke Anderson/ZDNet Australia.

  • The micro-controller can be seen here and connects to the PC via a voltage regulator, and to the robotic arms.

    Credit: Luke Anderson/ZDNet Australia.

Topic: Emerging Tech

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