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Cool Things About Japan: Violinist Robots!

In Japan on May 23, 2010 at 10:02 pm

"Play Freebird!"

In the United States we have practical, puck-shaped, boring robots that vacuum floors. Well, not me personally, but some people have them. Meanwhile, in Japan, cute humanoid robots are tap-dancing and playing the violin. Now that’s the one I’d buy!

When it comes to creating violinist robots, isn’t just a matter of tech-savvy but also cultural willpower. You have to really want a violinist robot, and that’s where Japanese robot makers shine. They want to make cool stuff, and so they just do it.

I’ve given a lot of thought to the role of robots in the story world of Galaxy Games. If it becomes a series, maybe I’ll have the chance to show one playing the violin.


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