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iCandy: Robots--Medical, Musical, Manservants

Automatons do chores, play tunes, and talk among themselves

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Photo: Damian Dovarganes/AP Photo
Robots have joined the band. The highly refined kludge towering over the stage is the MahaDeviBot, a machine designed and built by students at the California Institute of the Arts, in Valencia. MahaDeviBot can strike 12 different percussion instruments gathered from around India, including frame drums, bells, finger cymbals, wood blocks, and gongs. It is one of three robotic noisemakers that are part of the Karmetik Machine Orchestra. The band’s aim is to create and use the latest in sonic technology for composition and performance.

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