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Instrument-Playing Robots

The Cabot Robot Drums Along On Real Instruments

— May 26, 2018 — Tech
The Cabot robot may look like a sort of mechanized spider but this unique gadget may just become a musician's best friend. Designed as a percussion robot this automaton is purpose-built to play the cajón, the versatile box-shaped drumming instrument often used by buskers. The robot is controlled easily through a mobile app and footswitch and can be perfectly set to provide accompanying rhythm to whatever the user wants to sing, play or rap. Custom beats can be stored and programmed to the Cabot robot through the mobile app and can be shared with other users to download.

Created by Hideaki Iio, the device was inspired by lio's love for music and his inability to find a competent drum machine or musical app. This led lio to develop a physical robot as it could be easily customized and would be able to produce an organic noise through an instrument.
Trend Themes
1. Robotic Musicians - Robotic musicians like the Cabot robot offer disruptive innovation opportunities in the music industry by providing automated accompaniment to musicians.
2. Mobile App Control - The use of mobile apps to control robotic instruments, as seen in the Cabot robot, presents disruptive innovation opportunities in the tech industry by combining music and technology.
3. Customizable Instrumentation - The development of customizable robotic instruments, such as the Cabot robot, opens up disruptive innovation opportunities in the manufacturing industry by allowing musicians to create unique sounds and beats.
Industry Implications
1. Music Industry - The music industry can benefit from the disruptive innovation opportunities offered by robotic musicians like the Cabot robot, which provide automated accompaniment and customizable beats.
2. Tech Industry - The tech industry has the opportunity to capitalize on the disruptive innovation potential of mobile app-controlled robotic instruments, as demonstrated by the Cabot robot.
3. Manufacturing Industry - The manufacturing industry can explore disruptive innovation opportunities by developing customizable robotic instruments, such as the Cabot robot, which offer unique sounds and beats.
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