I saw this robot on tv the other day and it caused me to throw a mini hissy fit. This robot can play the violin, and seemingly quite well but… who cares. Projects like this and the walking robot ASIMO, both developed by Toyota are interesting pieces that have taken decades of development, however are completely pointless.
I can understand that they want to make these robots as human-like as possible, possibly in some attempt to live up to 1930’s dreams of having robot butlers and hover cars, but in a time where running out of fuel sources in the not too distant future is a reality and carbon emissions are getting out of control, should our top scientists and engineers be focusing their efforts on robots capable of reciting the composer Elgar's “Pomp and Circumstance” ?
Rather than trying to create humanesque robots maybe they should start at the basics. I saw Trevor Baylis on tv last night, he is the inventor of the clockwork radio, a device that is powered by a crank wound by the listener, 30 seconds of winding results in about 10 mins of radio. He has also invented the electric shoe, which stores energy created by every step an individual takes and is enough to charge a fairly substantial battery. Both very simple but very effective inventions.
I think its high time for engineers to go back to basics and do things that solve our very real problems rather than waste countless millions on trying to make a robot walk on two feet.
Check out the vid of this POINTLESS creation