Wabot 2 was a humanoid robot that could read a musical score and play an electronic keyboard. It had a camera for a head and five-fingered hands capable of performing precise and delicate movements.
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The keyboard Wabot 2 played was a Yamaha FX-1.
In 1970, four laboratories in Waseda University's School of Science and Engineering teamed up and started the Wabot project. The efforts were led by Professor Ichiro Kato, a pioneer in humanoid robotics who was known as the "father of Japanese robotics research." In 1973, the group unveiled the Wabot 1. It was the world's first full-scale anthropomorphic robot, capable of walking with a quasi-dynamic gait. It could also speak and grasp objects. In 1980, the group started working on a new robot. In 1984, they introduced Wabot 2, a 50-degrees-of-freedom humanoid that was able to read musical scores and play an electronic keyboard.