Queue up a list of your favourite songs and sit back while your own robot pianist performs them for you. MIDI files, mostly free, can be downloaded from elsewhere for a huge number of popular and classical pieces and this pianist can play them all.
No other software like this exists. The AI decides what fingerings to use and what body (finger, hand, arm and torso) motions to use to play it. There is no motion capture or key-framed animation involved as in almost all other computer animations; it all depends on advanced general purpose robotics techniques (inverse kinematics, motion planning search algorithms, continuous collision detection…).
Part of the robot’s AI is a search algorithm that automatically generates fingerings for the raw note data in the MIDI file. This can be useful for a pianist who wants optimised fingerings automatically generated for a piece they wish to learn.
All of the motions are generated in real time (i.e. without any waiting or delay) on a typical home PC, which is difficult for any robotics AI due to such factors as the very large number of values that the robot’s degrees of freedom can possibly have at any instant. This is possible due to an innovative approach to motion planning search invented for this project.
MIDI Digits Pianist currently runs on Windows (32-bit or 64-bit) from XP onwards. It requires 2GB of RAM. It has received Microsoft certification and is listed in the Windows 8 Store (which you can verify for yourself).
The software depends primarily on four high quality open source libraries: Qt, OGRE, Bullet, Orocos KDL.
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MIDI Digits Pianist, Released in 2014-06-18
MIDI Digits Pianist was Released on Windows
MIDI Digits Pianist is a Single Player game