Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Punk Rock Robots Like It Loud

LONDON (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – A group of punk rock robots have been trained to rage with the machine.

A team of artists and scientists in London have built a punk rock army of robots that are trained to bounce when they hear loud punk music.

Co-creator Peter McOwan, a professor of computer science at Queen Mary University of London, says, “This is what punk rock is all about, doing weird things no one expects. The robots are punk warriors. They’re not going to be as excited if they hear country western music.”

The robo-rockers choose what songs to jump to and how hard to jump by what McOwan calls the “punkiness signal,” which is the musical pattern the robots recognize when they hear loud punk rock music projected from the speakers.

The mosh pit machines are decked out in full punk attire, wearing black leather, studded belts, and anarchy symbols, and have been rocking out with the crowd at concerts for the punk band Neurotic.

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