PHASER – Piano Hand Assistance System for Extended Reach

PHASER explores the intersection of robotics and music by assisting a human operator in playing a piano piece. It consists of a robotic hand designed to mimic the human joint layout and capable of navigating a stepper-driven rail and playing a piano keyboard alongside a human operator in real-time. The main characteristics of this project are its optimal finger assignment and adaptive response compared to existing complex and user-independent approaches. In terms of applications, the system can be used for educational, entertainment, and assistive purposes as it allows users to learn and practice the instrument in a simplified, engaging, and inclusive way. With its target audience spanning users of all experience levels while accounting for their physical ability to engage in instrument play, PHASER’s principal contribution to the booming field of human-robot collaboration lies in its assistive behavior.

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