Singing robot takes requests

Yamaha lets a crooning automaton take the stage at Ceatec 2009. During a demo, audience members are encouraged to use their iPhones to request one of six songs from the HRP-4C.

CHIBA, Japan--Want to request a song from a creepy childlike automaton? There's an app for that.

At Ceatec 2009, Yamaha showed off its prototype HRP-4C robot, which can show a range of motions, strut down a catwalk, and now belt out tunes from a preselected list.

During the demonstration Tuesday, audience members were encouraged to use their iPhones to request one of six songs from the raven-haired robot, decked out in futuristic stormtrooper gear. The winning track is titled "Give Me Wings."

The HRP-4C was featured as part of Yamaha's Play IT initiative, which explores ways to incorporate music and information technology to teach and learn musical instruments. Check out the short clip of her performance below.

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