Development of a new anthropomorphic flutist robot WF-4

Keisuke Chida*, Isamu Okuma, Shuzo Isoda, Yukako Saisu, Kunimitsu Wakamatsu, Kazufumi Nishikawa, Jorge Solis, Hideaki Takanobu, Atsuo Takanishi

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Since 1990, we have been developing anthropomorphic flutist robots which are mechanically similar to human organs needed for playing the flute. The goal of this research is to clarify the flute playing mechanism from an engineering point of view and to enable the communication with humans at emotional level. The control of the air beam parameters for obtaining & good sound is very important. Such parameters are related mainly to the lips shape and its relative position respect to the flute embouchure hole. Then, the newest version of the anthropomorphic flutist robot WF-4 has been implemented by improving the design of each part of the robot (lips, lungs, neck, etc.). This new version has succeeded in the improvement of the flute sound quality and the sound conversion efficiency. In this paper, we describe the mechanical features of the WF-4 and the experiments done for evaluating its musical performance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)152-157
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings - IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Jul 5
EventProceedings- 2004 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation - New Orleans, LA, United States
Duration: 2004 Apr 262004 May 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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