Toa Mata Robot Band

Some would say that we should get back down to the basics when it comes to robot design. If you talk to many people, the basics in robotics would probably go down to something a little smaller in scale than hulking masses of metal… maybe Legos.

To be honest, there isn’t very much to say about this cool robot band. The robots themselves are as simple as can be, with little bodies made of Legos and a single mobile joint for hitting downwards on a surface. But for some reason, this robot is really cool anyway, just in the way that they can cooperate to make cool music.

These robots use Arduino, a popular open-source physical computing platform based on a simple i/o board, and drive using Clavia NOrdbeat, a MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) for the iPad. Essentially, the program allows the user to program simple commands in code and send them to the robots. The robots then whack mini-electronic instruments which play musical feedback to altogether create a rad beat and cool music.

So simplicity literally is music to my ears.

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