WF-3RIX, short for Waseda Flutist No.3 Refined IX, was launched in 2002 by the Waseda University of Japan. This humanoid robot is the realization of the anthropomorphic flutist robot research being carried out at the university since 1990.
WF-3RIX utilizes an advanced human organ simulation to enable it to play the flute the way a human would. The flutist robot translated MIDI sequences, which were transmitted via a computer. The robot also boasts of its artificial lips, lungs, and double tongue to closely mimic the flute-playing manners of a human.