In an inspiring yet painful example of just how far robotics technology must advance to reach an acceptable level of life-like behavior, Lev, the Theremin-playing robot, tickles the radio waves with a pair of stepper-motor-driven wands. Granted, musicianship is probably the most challenging area of human emulation and not likely to see an aceing of an artistic Turing test anytime soon. The Theremin, if you don't know, is an electronic musical instrument played by the waving of hands - one to control pitch, and one to control amplitude (Volume). Theremins are great at creating those eery sounds found on horror and Sci-Fi movies such as The Day the Earth Stood Still, and by musicians such as Led Zepplin's Jimmy Page (but not the Beach Boy's Good Vibrations as commonly thought). Lev is named after the Theremin's Russian inventor, Leon Theremin, and was built by art/tech wiz Ranjit Bhatnagar. The song in this video shows off Lev's talents while reminding me of a failed presidential run several years back. A Moog Etherwave is the machine being used.