Sao Paulo samba school calls on robots to bring home carnival crown

The drummers of the Rosas de Ouro samba school will have some unusual new assistants when they compete for their eighth title in the Sao Paulo carnival parade this year – robots.

Alongside the colorful floats and sparkling costumes, traditional samba school Rosas has picked “modern times” as its theme for 2020 and is partnering with universities to enhance the experience with cutting-edge technology.

The project — called Carnival 4.0 — will see robots distribute drum sticks to the drummers, who often break them in their exuberance, while virtual reality lets people put themselves in the middle of the competition even if they are unable to attend.

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