Karlovy Lazne, a nightclub in Prague, Czech Republic, has introduced a new special DJ to spice up its line-up.
“Shaped like a giant arm capped with a pincer,” and “equipped with special software” that helps choose songs, the robot alternated every hour with a human fellow last month. Placed on a stage above the dance-floor, the bionic disc jokey can also scratch records as well as dance.
The club’s manager Adam Lipsansky seemed very pleased with the novelty: “People are excited (about the robot), because they haven’t seen anything like this around Europe, and I am not sure if there is something similar in the world,” he told Reuters.
While some clubbers really enjoyed the artificial intelligence, others, however, remained unconvinced.
“I don’t like the robot,” said Marcia Lopes, a tourist from Mexico. “It can’t feel what the people want to dance to. There is no emotion behind the music. When there is a real person, they know, what fun is like.”
The robotic arm was manufactured by KUKA Robotics, member of the KUKA Aktiengesellschaf, a Chinese-owned German company of industrial robots and solutions for factory automation.