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Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Meet the robo-DJ: Czech club unveils giant robotic arm that can choose songs, scratch records, and even dance

  • Prague's Karlovy Lazne Music Club has employed a specially adaptive robot to DJ
  • The DJ robot is shaped like a giant arm capped with a pincer, to grab discs
  • It shares deck duties at the club with its human programmer in an hourly rotation

  • These days artificial intelligence is so advanced that robots trade shares, make restaurants suggestions and diagnose diseases. 
    But can a robot get a dance floor jumping?
    It is a question that Prague's Karlovy Lazne Music Club has endeavoured to answer by employing a specially adapted former automotive industry robot as a DJ in the popular nightspot.

    These days artificial intelligence is so advanced that robots trade shares, make restaurants suggestions and diagnose diseases. But can a robot get a dance floor jumping? A Czech club has employed a robo-DJ

    These days artificial intelligence is so advanced that robots trade shares, make restaurants suggestions and diagnose diseases. But can a robot get a dance floor jumping? A Czech club has employed a robo-DJ

    The robot is shaped like a giant arm capped with a pincer, and has shared deck duties at the club with its human programmer in an hourly rotation each night for the last three weeks. 
    'People are excited (about the robot), because they haven't seen anything like this around Europe, and I am not sure if there is something similar in the world,' club manager Adam Lipsansky told Reuters.
    The DJ robot was created after the club's management challenged a robotics firm to the task.

    HOW IT WORKS

     The robot has special software that helps it choose songs.
    It can select discs from nearby racks, and put them into one of three music players.
    It can even scratch records and dance.
    The arm-shaped robot has a pincer at the end, and works on hourly rotations with its human programmer. 

    Equipped with special software to help it choose songs and mounted on a stage above the club's dance floor, the robot selects discs from nearby racks and puts them into one of three music players in front of it. 
    It can scratch records and also dances.
    While some clubbers told Reuters that they enjoyed the robot's musical efforts, others remained unconvinced.

    Equipped with special software to help it choose songs and mounted on a stage above the club's dance floor, the robot selects discs from nearby racks and puts them into one of three music players in front of it

    Equipped with special software to help it choose songs and mounted on a stage above the club's dance floor, the robot selects discs from nearby racks and puts them into one of three music players in front of it

    The DJ robot was created after the club's management challenged a robotics firm to the task
    The DJ robot was created after the club's management challenged a robotics firm to the task

    'I don't like the robot,' said Marcia Lopes, 24, a tourist from Mexico. 
    'It can't feel what the people want to dance to. 
    'There is no emotion behind the music. When there is a real person, they know, what fun is like.'

    The robot is shaped like a giant arm capped with a pincer, and has shared deck duties at the club with its human programmer in an hourly rotation each night for the last three weeks

    The robot is shaped like a giant arm capped with a pincer, and has shared deck duties at the club with its human programmer in an hourly rotation each night for the last three weeks

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