What better way to spend an evening than to see Honda’s ASIMO live and in person, conducting the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. The bot lead the musicians for the tune “The Impossible Dream,” then met Yo-Yo Ma who played with the DSO and received an award as part of the Power of Dreams Music Education Fund that supports music for kids. We wanted to share ASIMO’s performance with you, and yes, we know its time to get a tripod. Our favorite part had to be when he greeted the audience and they answered back. We were hoping to meet him afterwards, but this is one busy bot.
(Thanks, Honda and Alicia)
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When everyone else is playing Guitar Hero, are you the type that secretly wants to lead an orchestra? Then the USB Virtual Maestro is for you. Designed to get kids interested in music, Teresa Nakra and her team of programmers with Immersion Music came up with software that will speed up or slow down the orchestra with the use of a Nintendo Wii remote. The project includes a free-standing wall, a speaker, and a 42-inch plasma screen displaying the music makers.
Two of the games have been on tour around the States since November and there is a chance that it will hit Europe this summer. We are thinking that if they get enough support, the team will try to come up with one for consumer use.