Is a robot playing the theremin the most science fictional sight possible?

We love the theremin for being a staple of science fiction soundtracks, so we're just tickled that YouTuber and robotics researcher MsPetiteGeek has recorded one of her robots jamming with one of these warbling instruments.

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She explains:

My fellow lab mate, Tatsuhiko Itohara, created a program for HRP-2 to follow his hand while playing the guitar. By watching and listening to the beat, HRP-2 can sync to the sound of an acoustic guitar!

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You can also check out her other robot playing some more familiar tunes on the theremin (via Robot Dreams).

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Chip Overclock®

This isn't as crazy as it sounds. Playing the theremin requires enormous body control. That's not me saying that, who can't play my Moog Etherwave Theremin worth squat. That's what theremin virtuoso Pamelia Kurstin says: [tinyurl.com] . So a robot might be pretty good at consistently getting basic notes out. I'll be even more impressed when I hear a robot playing it with the same style and emotion as Kurstin.