Tuesday, January 5, 2010

The robot that was meant for game shows

The long-awaited marriage of a 1970's game show and robotics has finally arrived -- thanks to a team of Spanish inventors.

A research group at the University of Malaga in Spain has apparently developed a LEGO Mindstorms NXT robot that can name a tune and in the same fashion as Pandora, then recommend similar titles you may like.

The robot can identify a song if you hum it, whistle it, play it on piano or guitar. After determing the song, the robot will then recommend a playlist that accounts for the gender of the singer. This is the kind of robot everybody should own. There is no danger of societal takeover and it manages to solve one of the life's most irritating issues by suggesting an alternative for when a song is stuck on repeat in your head.

Image via EFE/Jorge Zapata

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