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MIDI Digits Pianist

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Release date: 18th June 2014
Queue up a list of your favourite songs and sit back while your own robot pianist performs them for you. MIDI files, mostly free, can be downloaded from elsewhere for a huge number of pieces in genres including popular, classical, soundtrack and game music and this pianist can play them all. You can also record your own MIDI files using ordinary electronic keyboards or notation software.

This is the first software of its kind. The AI decides what fingerings to use and what body (finger, hand, arm and torso) motions to use to play it. There is no motion capture or key-framed animation involved as in almost all other computer animations; it all depends on advanced general purpose robotics techniques (inverse kinematics, motion planning search algorithms, continuous collision detection…).

Part of the robot’s AI is a search algorithm that automatically generates fingerings for the raw note data in the MIDI file. This can be useful for a pianist who wants optimised fingerings automatically generated for a piece they wish to learn. Musicians can even use this robot to accompany their performances.

All of the motions are generated in real time (i.e. without any waiting or delay) on a typical home PC, which is difficult for any robotics AI due to such factors as the very large number of values that the robot’s degrees of freedom can possibly have at any instant. This is possible due to an innovative approach to motion planning search invented for this project.

MIDI Digits Pianist currently runs on Windows (32-bit or 64-bit) from XP onwards. It requires 2GB of RAM. It has received Microsoft certification and is listed in the Windows 8 Store (which you can verify for yourself).

The software depends primarily on four high quality open source libraries: Qt, OGRE, Bullet, Orocos KDL, all of which work on many many platforms, so it'll be a relatively small amount of work to port it onto wherever people want it to be.

The first version is only in English, but there is only a small amount of text so it is expected to be financially possible to translate it into a large number of languages.
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Mii Feb 13 @ 7:21am 
This looks so fun and hilarious
Koerai3 Feb 12 @ 9:06am 
rufftyroff Jan 28 @ 5:45pm 
I'd LOVE to use this. And if allowed, I'd like to use this in performance videos.
igor2002rodrigues Jan 28 @ 3:00am 
ThunderGemios10 Dec 7, 2014 @ 4:21am 
Radicrane Dec 1, 2014 @ 3:37pm 
Lord_Josh Nov 21, 2014 @ 4:06pm 
Dangdut is TheMusic of MyCountry Nov 21, 2014 @ 1:12am 
It's female robot and it need boobs, although not that big. :)
TheNippleOfJustice Nov 12, 2014 @ 5:04am 
why the boobs? its a robot...
herrkahn Nov 9, 2014 @ 10:26am