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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The HRP-4C Singing Robot

Look out all you teen idols, fabricated girl singers, and boy bands, there's something out there to take your place. Yes, it's true that Britney, Justin Beiber, and all the teen idol wanna be's may be in for some cheaper and better competition with the new singing and dancing robot made by the Japanese National Institute of Advance Industrial Science and Design.

This is no joke. The HRP-4C humanoid robot actually does a pretty good job of singing and dancing. In fact, the singing is not a recording, it's real, actual singing using a technique called "robotic shaped note singing," thanks to software developed by Yamaha called Vocaloid.

Watch the videos. They're amazing and appalling at the same time. At least it won't need Auto-Tune.

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