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Tokyo researchers develop a music scanner that's almost as good as our eyes

By John Terauds on November 13, 2012

The Gocen music scanner, developed by researchers in Japan.

A group of researchers at Tokyo Metropolitan University have developed a handheld scanner that, running through purpose-designed software, plays sheet music.

John Terauds

John Terauds, Editor-Emeritus of Ludwig van Toronto, is currently a Divinity student at the University of Toronto and a church music director. He joined the Toronto Star in 1988, was the classical music critic from 2005 to 2012, and continues as a freelance critic for the paper. He is the co-author of Roy Thomson Hall: A Portrait, a book written with Toronto Star Colleague, William Littler.

But, judging from what I see on this video, the Gocen is not any more efficient than the eyes of my Grade 1 piano students.

Is it just me, or is there really very little real-world use for something like this?

John Terauds

John Terauds

John Terauds, Editor-Emeritus of Ludwig van Toronto, is currently a Divinity student at the University of Toronto and a church music director. He joined the Toronto Star in 1988, was the classical music critic from 2005 to 2012, and continues as a freelance critic for the paper. He is the co-author of Roy Thomson Hall: A Portrait, a book written with Toronto Star Colleague, William Littler.
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