Robot conductor YuMi steals the show from Andrea Bocelli

YuMi, designed by robotics firm ABB, based in Zurich, was taught to mimic maestro Andrea Colombini's gestures for the world first performance by a two handed automated conductor.

Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli's voice soared to the rafters of a Tuscan theatre, but all eyes were on YuMi, the automated conductor beside him.The robot with the apparent penchant for Verdi took part in a world first, using its  two mechanical arms to direct the orchestra.The Swiss-designed system swept its baton skywards with one hand, while the other curved around in a caress spurring on the strings as the operatic La Donna E' Mobile, or Woman Is Fickle, reached its climax.Scroll down for vi...