The moaning mouth bot learns to sing (w/ video)

Jul 13, 2011 by Katie Gatto weblog
The moaning mouth bot learns to sing (w/ video)

(PhysOrg.com) -- Some of you may recall the moaning mouth bot. This bot, which is basically a disembodied mouth that first came to the public attention for making a series of moaning noises that were truly worthy of a zombie film, has come back with a new trick. The bot can now sing children's songs. While you may not want to let it sing your babies to sleep at night this is a serious upgrade from the noises that this machine has made in the past.

You can take some small comfort in knowing that this machine has more of a purpose then just giving you your daily dose of creepy, the bot s designed to help people with hearing problems improve their speech and more easily communicate with the world. Thus far, it is the most accurate mouth ever made. The robot uses an air pump to simulate the amount of force pushed by human lungs, is outfitted with a set of artificial vocal chords, a nasal cavity and a tube, all of which are designed to act the way that a human body would.

The system is also designed to correct itself. When a microphone is attached to the sound analyzer it can use a built-in learning to correct its own errors and sound more like a human speaker. The song, which the robot sang at Robotech 2011, was "Kagome Kagome," a song popular with Japanese children. This is, of course, only a prototype and no word has been given yet on when it will be available or at what cost.

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via IEEE, Akihabara

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Isaacsname
3.3 / 5 (7) Jul 13, 2011
Does it spit or swallow ?

....I couldn't resist...
Newbeak
1 / 5 (1) Jul 13, 2011
LOL!
trekgeek1
1 / 5 (1) Jul 13, 2011
Exactly! I thought it was one of those new sex machines I've heard about.
CyberRat
1 / 5 (1) Jul 13, 2011
And then they talk trough the video all the way and not let the robot speak free.
sstritt
1 / 5 (2) Jul 13, 2011
Exactly! I thought it was one of those new sex machines I've heard about.

scary to think there's someone else out there thinking like me! however, I think it would work more like an anti-sex machine. the Japanese have really outdone themselves in the creepy olympics!
Vendicar_Decarian
3 / 5 (2) Jul 14, 2011
Sexy, sexy..

I bet there is some late work nights in that lab.
MentalHealthNut
1.5 / 5 (2) Jul 14, 2011
Worst... Idea.... For... A... Grant... Ever.....
chthonic
not rated yet Jul 15, 2011
Oooh, I wanna feel that vibe... XD
Husky
not rated yet Jul 17, 2011
This aint the uncanny valley this is the freaking uncanny mountain!
gmurphy
not rated yet Jul 17, 2011
Whilst an interesting project, I doubt that the sound characteristics produced by this artefact are beyond the capabilities of a properly tuned synthesizer.