Strike Up the Band: An Electronic Accompanist Jumps In

By ANNE EISENBERG



ONY has a hit product in Aibo, its robotic pooch that can ride a skateboard, respond to voice commands, take snapshots with its digital camera and play with a ball.

Now, for those who want a more refined electronic sidekick, a French researcher at Sony's Computer Science Laboratory in Paris has come up with the makings of a musical companion rather than a canine one.


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