2007 ARTEMIS Orchestra Contest Entry
In 2007 the NICTA sponsored “RoboFiddler” won second place in the inaugural ARTEMIS Orchestral Contest held in Berlin.
NICTA’s entry, the RoboFiddler, has its origins in a project conducted in 2006 by The University of Adelaide mechatronics engineering students Yee Chia, Boon Hong, Chin Lee and Beinjy Lim. In addition Mark Phillips, of Automated Test Systems created embedded software to tailor the platform for the ARTEMIS contest.
The RoboFiddler system links a conventional laptop computer to a micro controller that controls both the robotic bow arm and a series of six metal ‘fingers’ that allow 28 notes to be played across the four strings. Tunes to be played by the RoboFiddler can be entered on a host computer and downloaded to the microcontroller-based robot. The central controller communicates with the host, downloading whichever note needs to be played next. It then relays this information to the fingering controller, carefully coordinating all required motions such as fingering, bowing and tilting the main arm.
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|2nd Prizewinners Beinjy Lim, Yee Chia and Chin Lee|