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Drum Robot at FIFI2008

It was a nice (though loud) gadget at the entrace of the FIFI converence. I have also seen this robot performing at ROBODOC, but being this close gave it some more impact. Watching the moving sneakers, it reminded me of the reseach of Henk Jan Honing and his tapping shoe project. This robot was (obviously?) programmed and for me it would have been more interesting to see a robot clapping and tapping along with the beat, showing some sense of awareness of the process of beat induction. The shaking head did give the impression of it having some sense of it though.

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Taken on December 9, 2008