Video: Could These Drones Replace a Live Orchestra?
Friday, April 25, 2014 - 11:00 AM
Orchestra musicians, watch out for your jobs.
A startup called KMel Robotics this week released a YouTube video of its programmed drones playing Richard Strauss's Also Sprach Zarathustra as well as "Carol of the Bells" and "The Star-Spangled Banner."
The video shows the creative potential of the burgeoning technology of automated flying robots, suggesting that they can be used for more than delivering your packages or global warfare.
In the musical production, a central computer acts as something of a conductor, and each of the hexrotors, as they're known, is programmed to trigger sounds on an adapted guitar, a deconstructed piano and various percussion instruments.
The robotic rockers will bring their show to the USA Science & Engineering Festival, April 26-27 in Washington, D.C.