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Folding Towel Robot In Search Of A Song

I came across this "robot folding a towel" video, also known as "Autonomously folding a pile of five previously-unseen towels." It's a project by UC Berkeley Ph.D. student Jeremy Maitin-Shepard.

It's fascinating on so many levels. This machine is actually looking over each little towel, calculating all its dimensions and deciding how best to neatly fold it. As I watched it, it occurred to me that it desperately needs a soundtrack.

My choice was this song by Billie Holiday called "Until The Real Thing Comes Along:"

What song do you think would work well with the video? If you want to try your own version, there are video ripper and encoder sites out there that'll let you pull clips from youtube. Grab the original video, add your own song choice, then send us a link to watch it. You can also just tell us the song you'd use and we'll do a few different versions using some of the reader suggestions.

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