Close-up of the right hand strumming the guitar.
coating of paint.
They used vacuum hose to create the flexible arms, so
they could connect them to the hand assemblies and use
them to hide the wiring.
A 12 volt power supply mounted near the relay board
Titan, original introductory video
Titan, video playing “Cliffs of Dover” expert
Titan, featured on Kansas City TV channel
Titan, performing for Cerner Corporation convention
Titan, story from school TV channel
Kansas City TV feature story about the student
who programmed Titan
National Instruments interviews with the
student who programmed Titan
NI LabVIEW software used with Titan
Bibaja’s I/O technology
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Close-up of the left hand fingering the fret board.
and power outlets on a control panel formed the
electronics in the robot’s back. “It was clear that the
controlling laptop computer should be his head, so we
added a platform on which it sat. We added colored LEDs
to his fingers which flash as each finger is actuated. This
made him much more interesting to watch,” Spatz detailed.
To round out the self-sufficient, portable robot system,
the team added a Wii console, guitars, a flat screen TV, and
a speaker box with car speakers and amplifier, as well as
wheels on which it could travel.
The robot currently scores in the 90s in the expert level
of Guitar Hero for most songs it plays. Kids love to watch
the robot at exhibits and demonstrations. “Many young
Guitar Hero aces challenge him, but very few can beat him.
We have added the ability to set him to play at any
difficulty level (easy, medium, hard, or expert) so that he
can play along with any level of challenger. He has become
a great ambassador for our team, and quite the celebrity in
our community,” Spatz mused.
The team has put Titan on display at sports events,
science fairs, camps, school assemblies, street fairs, and
FIRST Robotics regional tournaments. “He even performed
before a crowd of 2,000 Cerner Corporation employees at
their annual convention at Kemper Arena in Kansas City. He
has become popular on the Web, and we have received
comments about him from all over the world,” concluded
Titan achieved all expectations as an attractive, highly
accomplished humanoid, Guitar Hero playing robot. Team
Titan also uses the robot as a fundraiser, charging a small
fee to those who want to challenge the robot in Guitar
Hero. The robot has been a great addition to the robotics
team’s PR efforts, striking a deep chord with the