Remember back in 2011–2012 when "Little Talks" by Of Monsters and Men was the bumping new single being played everywhere? Well, thanks to this robot created from a LEGO Mindstorm EV3 kit, and an acoustic guitar, you get to get the iconic "hey!" stuck in your head for the rest of 2017. You're welcome.
The technology used to play the guitar is all part of the LEGO Mindstorms EV3 kit:
- 1 Intelligent brick (small computer)
- 2 L motors
- 1 M motor
The robot's creator, TECHNICally Possible, uploaded a second video (seen below) with more information about how it was built. It's actually pretty amazing how many different moving parts come together to get this robot working.
"Little Talks" is a fairly simple four-chord song to play on guitar, so it made a perfect template for this project.
The robot was specifically created to play this song, but it could be reprogrammed to play others that use the same cords. The creator says he won't be posting the instructions, though, since he used a kid-sized smaller guitar with some idiosyncrasies that wouldn't hold up with other guitars, so it probably wouldn't work that well without being adapted for the specific instrument.
You'll notice that the robot gets a little behind the tempo of the original song at 0:41, and the sound of the robot moving to play is actually pretty distracting, but that doesn't take away from the ingenuity of the finished product.
TECHNICally Possible has posted four other LEGO Mindstorm videos, including LEGO robots playing a piano and serving as a clock. And we've already seen a paper-folding factory, a submarine controlled with an Xbox controller, and a walking robot made out of Minstorms kits, and 2017 is sure to be another busy year for LEGO robot creations.
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