Robot band covers The Beatles’ ‘Come Together’

By Stephen C. Webster
Thursday, April 5, 2012 16:02 EDT
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The face of a member of The Hubos, an all-robot Beatles cover band. Screenshot via YouTube.
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Researchers at the Drexel University Engineering Lab recently showcased four of their humanoid robots doing something robots don’t typically participate in: playing in a band.

And if that weren’t enough, they’re even covering The Beatles’ “Come Together,” written by John Lennon.

In a video published to YouTube this week, The Hubos demonstrate their musical talents without human assistance, with each movement performed generating the sounds that make up the whole song. The demo was put on during Drexel’s Engineers Week, held last month.

While they’re still a far, far cry from the entertainment value an actual band can provide, The Hubos show at the very least that robotics are slowly encroaching upon new realms and could one day possibly serve as a nice mime of real human artists.

This video was published to YouTube on April 2, 2012.

(H/T: io9)

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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