Xiaomi CyberOne Drumming #MusicMonday

It seems like drummers are often at the butt of a lot of jokes. To pile on, the robots are now coming for your job! Although based on this video you are probably safe…for now.

Fun story on Xiaomi’s drumming robot from IEEE Spectrum:

The input for this performance is a MIDI file, which the robot is able to parse into drum beats. It then generates song-length sequences of coordinated whole-body trajectories which are synchronized to the music, which is tricky because the end effectors have to make sure to actuate the drums exactly on the beat. CyberOne does a pretty decent job even when it’s going back and forth across the drum kit. This is perhaps not super cutting-edge humanoid research, but it’s still interesting to see what a company like Xiaomi has been up to. And to that end, we asked Zeyu Ren, a senior hardware engineer at the Xiaomi Robotics Lab, to answer a couple of questions for us.

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