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What do you get when you pair a beautiful orchestra with a robot that looks like it’s trying to sneak into your body? Whatever this thing is. This wild robot, called an Alter, is part of the ScaryBeauty project. It’s designed to conduct an orchestra and even sing a bit.

From the site:

Unlike the previous two “Alters”, the Alter?3 has improved sensory and expression capabilities closer to humans, such as a camera with both eyes and the ability to utter from the mouth, as well as expressiveness around the mouth for singing. In addition, the output was enhanced compared to the alternator 2, which made it possible to improve the immediacy of the body expression and achieve dynamic movement. In addition, portability, which allows anyone to disassemble and assemble and transport by air, is one of the evolutions of the Altera 3.

The robot, created by Tokyo-based musician Keiichiro Shibuya, is a commentary on art and creativity. The philosophy? Possibly that if something so horrible can do something so beautiful, then why do we all have to go to the gym?


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By John Biggs

John Biggs is an entrepreneur, consultant, writer, and maker. He spent fifteen years as an editor for Gizmodo, CrunchGear, and TechCrunch and has a deep background in hardware startups, 3D printing, and blockchain. His work has appeared in Men’s Health, Wired, and the New York Times.