shimi Shimi robot DJ mixing it up with human beings

Researchers at Georgia Tech’s Center for Music Technology has developed a robotic DJ, dubbed elegantly as “Shimi”, that may give future human DJs a run for their money.

shimi Shimi robot DJ mixing it up with human beings

Researchers at Georgia Tech’s Center for Music Technology has developed a robotic DJ, dubbed elegantly as “Shimi”, that may give future human DJs a run for their money. 

According to Shimi’s creator, Professor Gil Weinberg, the robotic DJ is, more or less, a sophisticated “docking station” that adheres to the requests of people that have Android devices.  Shimi utilizes a phone’s camera and face-detection features to detect which music selection a person may want to hear. 

Another cool method Shimi uses to detect a song choice is by “listening” to a rhythm—such as a person’s tapping—and then browses the phone's library to play the music that most closely relates to the preferred rhythm.

People involved in the Shimi project hope that the robotic DJ will one day become a household item that “enhance” people’s life.  They also claim that in the future there will be apps that will allow users to command Shimi through gestures such as waving a hand or shaking of the head. 

Weinberg is also making an attempt at commercializing Shimi through partnerships between Georgia Tech and entrepreneurs.  Shimi will take part in the Google’s I/O festivities, and its creator hope that it will make a big enough impression to convince app developers to begin making apps to expand Shimi’s horizons.

Source: gatech.edu