WABOT-2, the Organ-Playing Robot

WABOT-2 was created in the early 1980s, but I can't find any info on what's become of him since then. Whoever now owns him should be renting him out to play at weddings and funerals — recoup some of that $1.2 million it cost to build him.

More info: Waseda University

Belleville News-Democrat - Sep 13, 1984

     Posted By: Alex - Sat Oct 08, 2022
     Category: Music | Robots | AI, Robots and Other Automatons | 1980s

Looks like a last gasp of the march towards the modern electronic keyboard that plays on its own.

Frank Zappa once said that it wasn't until the types of keyboards, most noted the Synclavier, were developed that some of his compositions could be played as he meant them to be heard. Check out "G Spot Tornado" as the best example.
Posted by KDP on 10/08/22 at 11:47 AM
If it could read regular sheet music, that would be impressive, especially if it had a third arm to turn the pages. Actually, why stop at two five-fingered arms and two feet for playing?
Posted by ges on 10/08/22 at 09:46 PM
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