Young Flautist by Edouard Manet (source)
(adore the?flautist since I was teenager!!)
(adore this one ?? well I am looking at him as wide eyed as him only!!)
You just saw an impressive rendition of Flight of the Bumblebee by a robot musician !
The latest version of the Waseda Flutist Robot (the Waseda Flutist No. 4 Refined IV) was presented at the BioRob 2008 in Arizona a month ago.
The ongoing research on this anthropomorphic flutist robot first started at Waseda University 1990.
The robot is more than just a musical gimmick, It is being used to study robot-human interaction, then teach music to pupil and eventually play in a band too!