Robotic hand: play me some Beethoven


So maybe you're looking for an idiosyncratic Father's Day or graduation gift? This beauteous creation will commence one of five classical piano pieces whenever you give it the old clap-on cue. As a household fixture, it seems like this could go either way: either it'll complement the owner's eccentricity, or it'll threaten that tenuous hold on sanity. Anything with motorized digits reeks a little bit of an obsession with The Gloved One, or at least some askew homage to a Nintendo power glove. Personally, I think it'd be cool to design a version of this hand that could mimic the fingering on string solos (and--this would heighten showmanship--vibrato!). And speaking of siccing AI on all things musical, Sony has already created a robot who can enact "complicated, personalised [dancing performances]" and who can also sing with vibrato and lend a personal touch to any super-populated soirée:

Drawing from its vocabulary of 60,000 words, an SDR-4X can ask a guest in a high, squeaky voice: "Please hold still for a minute while I memorise your face."

How quaint! Robots are so earnest and adorable they'll get away with anything.