Scientists create flute playing robot

Classical musicians may be quaking in their boots this morning with the news that Japanese scientists have created a robot which can play a flawless version of "Flight of the Bumblebee" on the flute.

The Waseda Flutist No. 4 Refined IV was developed at Waseda University and shown off to the public at the recent BioRob conference in the US. Work on the flute playing robot began way back in the 1990s with the first working model built back in 2003.

The humanoid robot has a mouth and lungs which copy the actions of a professional flautist as well as specially designed lips and tongue which enable it recreate the complex techniques needed to pull off Rimsky-Korsakov's famous interlude.

While it's all very impressive it still can't match Gonzo from the Muppets eating a rubber tyre to the music of the "Flight of the Bumblebee".

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