Looking like a cross between star wars and I, Robot, this latest offering from Toyota plays the violin. While not the first violin playing robot, this one does hold the instrument in a traditional fashion and plays… well… mechanically. Actually the bowing arm is very good and could be a good teaching device to show how each of the arm joints should move when bowing.

As the commentator points out, this is less about the music and more about showing how far robotics has come in delicate articulation. The shopping cart shown later is definitely a taste of iRobot 🙂