• Apr 23, 2008
This one's has to sting a little bit for the Big 3. On May 13th, Honda's coming to D-town with its ASIMO robot, which will (hopefully) walk on stage and open a special performance with Yo-Yo Ma by successfully conducting the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in a rousing rendition of "Impossible Dream". Not only do General Motors, Ford Motor Company and Chrysler LLC lack a humanoid robot that scares us every time we see it walk, dance, skip or run, but it certainly doesn't have one that can wave a stick in the air. Honda is working with the DSO to bring music eduction to kids and has gifted the big band with a $1 million donation to create The Power of Dreams Music Education Fund. As for ASIMO, we'll be impressed when he drops the baton and picks up Yo-Yo Ma's violin to play a flawless performance of Mozart's 4th. Well here's an Aw Snap! for Honda: Toyota already built that robot.

[Source: Engadget]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      actually HAWC1056, DSO is not a symphony either, its an orchestra. a symphony is a musical piece.

      and like others have said.....Yo-Yo Ma plays the Cello, not the violin
        • 6 Years Ago
        correct me if i'm wrong.....but aren't those just simplified names of the "London Symphony Orchestra" and the "Chicago Symphony Orchestra"?
        • 6 Years Ago
        sorry I missed what you said about them being "very commonly used to colloquially refer to a symphonic orchestra"

        still stands.....you proved my point there
        • 6 Years Ago
        Actually, DW, the word "symphony" is also very commonly used to colloquially refer to a symphonic orchestra. I've been a musician for almost two decades. Never heard of the "London Symphony" or "Chicago Symphony?"
      • 6 Years Ago
      So, with all this technology, when will Honda make an engine with good torque? Aw Snap!

      No, Asimo is pretty impressive. Personally, I am more impressed with it walking onstage (presuming it requires no specific preprogramming to do so) than conducting. I'd want to see what the robot does if the Orchestra doesn't play at the right speed. Will Asimo compensate or just follow a script and continue conducting way off from where the Orchestra is?
      • 6 Years Ago
      yeah, uh, yo-yo man does not play the violin. But good try, you got the right section and all.
      • 6 Years Ago
      So the robot is going to wave its arms in a preprogrammed manner? That sounds about as advanced as the Hero 1 from 1982.

      http://www.hero-1.com/broadband/

      Yep, Ford, GM, Mopar (Toyota, Kia, Nissan, BMW, VW, etc) have a lot to worry about. :)
      • 6 Years Ago
      How can anyone take this guy seriously when he has MASSIVE grammatical errors in the first sentence of his story. Learn your verb tenses!!!
        • 6 Years Ago
        How about you people put up or shutup and apply to write for Autoblog?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Blawg blawg blawg blawg web 2.0
        • 6 Years Ago
        John Neff seriously shouldn't be contributing if he can't even get someone to proof his copy before he posts it...
        • 6 Years Ago
        I make more money writing for GM.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah, he's got his facts wrong too.

        DSO is NOT a band. It is a SYMPHONY.

        Yo-yo Ma plays CELLO.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Conduct a symphony? The real question is if it will play fire and flames on expert.
      • 6 Years Ago
      cool robot....can you say 'Cylon'? Actually I think it is "orchestra" not "symphony", which I believe is the music the orchestra plays. The movements of this robot are amazing!
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