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Georgia Tech’s Shimi robot wants to rock with you all night, rock the night away

Georgia Tech's Shimi robot wants to rock with you all night, rock the night away

Shimi certainly has the makings of a viral video hit, but its creators at Georgia Tech want you to know that there's more to the dancing robot than just a pretty face. The "interactive musical buddy," designed by the school's Center for Music Technology, is a one-foot-tall smartphone-enabled "docking station with a brain." Shimi has a whole slew of functionality, using the phone's face-detection to track listeners and better position its speakers. Users can also clap out a beat, which the 'bot will use to pull a matching song from the phone's playlist, playing the track and, naturally, dancing to the beat. Forthcoming functionality includes the ability for users to shake their heads or wave a hand to affect Shimi's song choices. Google I/O attendees will get the opportunity for a closer look at Shimi this week in San Francisco. In the meantime, check out a couple of videos of the robot doing its thing after the break.

Via: Engadget

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