Robots are Dancing Their Way into the Entertainment Spotlight

Mar 1, 2016

Industrial robots are quickly making their way into a wide variety of industries including the entertainment industry. This was seen when Lady Gaga invited a choreographed ABB IRB 120 IRC5 piano to rock out with her on stage. For more information on robotic integration or how to get one of these robots onto your production line, contact experts today.


We were all very excit­ed to watch the great Lady Gaga trib­ute the late David Bowie. Our excite­ment expo­nen­tial­ly increased when we saw that Lady Gaga invit­ed a chore­o­graphed ABB IRB 120 IRC5 piano to rock out with her on stage. This wasn’t the first time Lady Gaga has used a robot, how­ev­er, we love the fact she is express­ing her­self and cre­at­ing new art forms by devel­op­ing a union on stage with a danc­ing robot­ic piano. 

The piano sat on top of two robot­ic arms and came to life as she began to play. The key­board moved up to meet her hands and the arms con­tin­ued to sway the piano back and forth to the beat of the song. Lady Gaga con­tin­ued to play the keys and flaw­less­ly car­ry on with singing as the micro­phone moved along as well. 

It turns out that one of NASA’s Jet Propul­sion Lab roboti­cist helped make the night a suc­cess. The brains behind it all, Andy Robot, re-pur­posed soft­ware he had pre­vi­ous­ly used and when asked what robot he chose, he respond­ed with We used ABB robots because they’re very robust. They’re meant to oper­ate for 30 years at full speed, in the dark with no heat, with zero loss of accuracy.”

Appar­ent­ly work­ing on live tele­vi­sion with a robot is no easy task. The team had check­lists upon check­lists and back-up dis­as­ter plans if nec­es­sary. The sweat droplets were rolling dur­ing the live set-up as the robot­ic piano team had to face strict time­lines, chaos on stage with bands load­ing and unload­ing, stage­hands unfa­mil­iar with robots, and of course, one amaz­ing rock star and mil­lions of eyes to please.

From roller coast­ers to danc­ing pianos, robots are quick­ly mak­ing their faces (and arms) known in the enter­tain­ment indus­try and their per­for­mance appear to only get bet­ter with each new idea and development. 

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