>> There's a new member on stage with the Lucca Philharmonic Orchestra and it's not programmed to feel nervous. Meet YuMi, the two-armed robot conductor. Designed by Swiss firm ABB, the machine has made its debut at Pisa’s Verdi Theatre to mark the First International Festival of Robotics in the Tuscan city.
But how does the resident conductor feel about his new arrival? Well, pretty good. He was the one that taught YuMi all of the right moves, even holding its arms in rehearsals.>> We basically had to find time to understand his movements. Then when we found the way, everything was pretty easy.
And the flexibility of the arms of YuMi is absolutely unthinkable. Not even incredible, unthinkable for a machine. It is absolutely fantastic. And the technician were fantastic just to make everything perfect, especially in the length and in the speed of the gesture, which is very important.
>> YuMi isn't able to improvise, though. Meaning, it may be a while before this robot gets called maestro.