Recently you might have seen cricket player Kevin Pietersen as well as West Indies cricketer Chris Gayle after winning World Twenty20 dancing in “Gangnam Style (강남 스타일).” But why would human only dance in “Gangnam” style, why not robot? You heard me right. Researchers at Virginia Tech’s Robotics and Mechanisms Laboratory (RoMeLa) have released a video of their robot dancing in “Gangnam Style”. Do you want to see how the robot dances in “Gangnam Style”?
The music video of Gangnam Style was released on July 15, 2012. In this music video, South Korean rapper and pop singer Park Jae Sung (better known by his stage name PSY) performed a funny and delightful dance. However, the dancing style of this very Gangnam Style song attracted the researchers at Virginia Tech’s Robotics and Mechanisms Laboratory (RoMeLa). The researchers input a Gangnam Style dancing program in their humanoid robot CHARLI-2.
The humanoid robot CHARLI-2 is 4 feet 7 inches tall (141 cm) and weighs under 15 kg (33 pound). It has improved stability and speed in walking, intelligence and autonomy, and soccer playing skills than its predecessor. The robot can walk at a max speed of about 0.86 mph (1.4 kmph). Navy’s Autonomous Shipboard Humanoid (ASH) has also worked programming some of the robot’s walking and balancing technology. Have a look at the video below where CHARLI-2 is dancing on “Gangnam Style” track.
CHARLI-2 has been honored “2011 Best Invention of the Year” by Time magazine, has won the Louis Vuitton Best Humanoid Award (a.k.a. Louis Vuitton Cup) at RoboCup 2011, and has also won First Place in AdultSize league for autonomous soccer at both RoboCup 2011 and RoboCup 2012 among many awards. Though the robot doesn’t display any fancy footwork, still the way CHARLI-2 moves its hands and body is really praiseworthy.