YuMi the robot conducts Italian orchestra

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YuMi the robot conducts Italian orchestra The event showed that humans and robots can work in harmony.
By  David Ndichu Published  September 13, 2017

YuMi, described as the world's first truly collaborative dual-arm robot, made its debut at the opera on Tuesday (Sept. 12) by conducting Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli and the Lucca Philharmonic Orchestra at the Teatro Verdi in Pisa, Italy.

YuMi, manufactured by Swiss technology group ABB, was invited to the stage by Bocelli, who performed the famous aria "La Donna è Mobile" from Verdi's Rigoletto.

YuMi also conducted works of Puccini and Mascagni during its first night at the opera in front of a sold-out Teatro. Among the guests was ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer, under whose leadership YuMi was developed.

The show was meant as a demonstration of what can happen when advanced robotics meets the arts.

YuMi, which is manufactured by Swiss technology group ABB, was invited to the stage by Bocelli, who performed the famous aria "La Donna è Mobile" from Verdi's Rigoletto.

YuMi also conducted works of Puccini and Mascagni during its first night at the opera in front of a sold-out Teatro. Among the guests was ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer, under whose leadership YuMi was developed.

The show was meant as a demonstration of what can happen when advanced robotics meets the arts.

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