Toyota’s latest venture in robotics is an android capable of playing the violin. In the video below, we see this robot playing a few bars from Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance. So, it has a long way to go before matching Yehudi Menuhin, but it’s still a remarkable feat for a “baby” robot.
The robot stands 152cm (5 ft) tall and has 17 joints in both of its hands and arms. The demonstration on 6th December 2007 wasn’t intended to showcase Toyota’s up-and-coming line of virtuoso violinist robots, but to demonstrate the dexterity now possible. Toyota plans to roll out these robots for assistance with domestic duties and nursing and medical care. As such, they will be known as “partner robots”.