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A 3D-printed robot hand that can play simple tunes on the piano, including jingle bells, has been built by scientists. The robotic hand plays simple musical phrases on the piano by moving its wrist. Scientists have said the robot is limited in what it can play but reveals how complex the mechanics of the human hand are and how difficult it is to replicate. The robot hand was made by 3D-printing soft and rigid materials together to replicate all the bones and ligaments in a human hand. The robot hand was made by 3D-printing soft and rigid materials together to replicate all the bones and ligaments - but not the muscles or tendons - in a human hand.
As a kid, I was given a book about a famous doctor who may or may not have been Albert Schweitzer. The first chapter is how he, as a young boy, learned the value of practice from his music teacher. It was a lesson he learned early enough to become not only a virtuoso musician but also a physician and philosopher. I suspect I was given the tome as a way of encouraging me to practice the piano in the hope of becoming as good as ol' Albo. That might be because I've never been one to practice too much.
Alexa is handy for helping with a lot of activities, and soon the virtual assistant will help you control keyboard settings with your voice. Roland's latest keyboard, a new version of its GO:PIANO, features Alexa built-in and the company says this feature offers hands-free control while you're playing. Basically, you won't have to take your hands off the keys to tweak the sound or access specific settings -- thanks to the combination of the GO:PIANO and a new Roland Alexa Skill. The company says the goal to enable voice control for musicians at any level. In addition the hands-free feature, the Alexa Skill will also provide access to libraries of play along tunes and enable sharing f recorded audio clips with friends and family.