I feel like everybody has a secret fantasy to of conducting an orchestra, including robots.
YuMi, the world’s first truly collaborative dual-arm robot, created by Swiss Firm ABB, finally got to make its concert debut by directing an orchestra alongside Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli at a charity concert for the gala of the First International Festival of Robotics. Maestro Bocelli sang as YuMi directed “La Donna è Mobile,” the famous aria from Verdi’s “Rigoletto.
“It was so much fun to perform with YuMi, ABB’s collaborative robot. It showed that a robot could really conduct an orchestra, but only with the excellent work of very talented engineers and a real maestro. Congratulations to the team that pulled this off,” Bocelli said afterward.
“I think tonight we’re truly making history and writing the future of robotics applications,” said ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer after the performance. “YuMi demonstrated how intuitive, how self-learning this machine is – how wonderful our software really is in learning the movement of a conductor, sensing the music, and really conducting an entire team.”
You can watch YuMi’s performance, above.