The Georgia Institute of Technology, headed by Dr. Gil Weinberg, created an adaptive, improvisational, percussion playing humanoid called Shimon. This robot is capable of playing the drums, performing rhythmic creativeness, and using musical and harmonic perception algorithms.
This project aims not to study what humans can do to robots, but rather deals with human-robot interactions. With this in mind, its developer managed to make this robot create its own musical style on its own and not just incorporate human listening.
Equipped with a built-in camera, the Shimon is able to recognize human faces and eventually recognize specific gestures. Additionally, this humanoid robot was able to perform live on stage, together with human players and even with other musicians halfway across the globe.