Could you imagine going to the club and seeing a huge robotic arm spinning records instead of one of your favorite (human) DJs? It’s starting to happen in Europe, and some fans aren’t too pleased.
Prague’s Karlovy Lazne Music Club is where DJ KUKA, a modified arm robot from the automotive industry, made its first debut. It took to the decks earlier this week to try to impress the Czech clubgoers.
According to Reuters, DJ KUKA can select discs from nearby racks and put them into one of three music players. It can scratch records and can even dance.
Some clubgoers enjoyed the robot’s efforts, but others noticed something wasn’t quite right.
One club attendee told Reuters, “there is no emotion behind the music. When there is a real person, they know, what fun is like.” Club manager Adam Lipsanky told Reuters the DJ was created after that they challenged a robotics firm to produce it. “I didn’t like the robot. It can’t feel what the people want to dance to,” Marcia Lopes, a tourist from Mexico, told Reuters.
DJ KUKA is new and cool, but maybe it should just stick to making cars.