Nowadays robots can do a lot for you. They are your brokers, chefs, doctors, or even lovers. This one, however, will make you jump and dance your night away.
DJ Kuka, which is also the name of the company that manufactured the robotic arm, began life as an automotive industry robot, and ended up with the record-spinner gig after the club issued a challenge to a robotics firm. The versatile Kuka robotic arms can be programmed for a variety of tasks, which you can see in the Nigel Stanford-robot musical collaboration Automatica. They’ve even partnered with an amusement park ride maker to create RoboCoaster, and a Kuka robot performed at the Paralympics Opening Ceremony in Rio in 2016.
“People are excited (about the robot), because they haven’t seen anything like this around Europe, and I am not sure if there is something similar in the world,” club manager Adam Lipsansky told Reuters.
The arm doesn’t even have the full night to itself though. It usually plays for about an hour before a human DJ (and its programmer) steps in to take over. If things continue smoothly, it may get longer sets, but it’s only been running for about three weeks now.
Even Lipsansky admitted to this weakness. “He knows everything like a human DJ. He is only unable to react to people, to how they are behaving.”
While it may still be a while before we see human-like bots with abilities to react and behave, DJ Kuka’s abilities are definitely very cool.
It has been pointed out though, that the robot can’t get a feel for what the crowd wants to hear, tell you to put your hands in the air or otherwise react like a flesh-and-blood jockey. However, he may be no David Guetta but he surely sets some interesting paths for electronic music of the future.