Hatsune Miku, Vocaloid: Computer Generated Virtual Singing Doll

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .
Hatsune Miku on car
Hatsune Miku painted on a car. 1920×1280 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Hatsune_Miku_Corolla.jpg

Hatsune Miku (初音ミク) is a 16-years-old girl character representing a singing vocal synthesizer Vocaloid, developed by Yamaha.

Vocal synthesizer is a machine that generate singing human voice. So, it'll sing any song, eventually, as perfect or better than human singers.

anime girl coming out of screen
Hatsune Miku (初音ミク) coming out of screen. 〔image source www.pixiv.net

Hatsune Miku Concert in Tokyo

Here's her concert, in Tokyo, Japan.

“Hatsune Miku - World is Mine Live in Tokyo, Japan”
【初音ミク】MIKUNOPOLISダイジェスト映像公開!【Project DIVA】 Concert, in Los Angeles, Anime Expo 2011, 2011-07-02.

Hatsune Miku Singing in English

Hatsune Miku singing Belinda Carlisle's Heaven Is A Place On Earth

LOL. At least she's in tune.

Hatsune Miku sings Amazing Grace. Singing starts at 00:20.

Her singing doesn't sound that good now, but it'll probably beat any human soon.

Hatsune Miku Singing Elfen Lied

Here's Miku sining 〈Lilum〉, a song in Latin.

Miku Hatsune ⭐〈Lilium〉

Compare the singing to real humans, see: Kumiko Noma - Lilium (Elfen Lied).

There's sci-fi anime story Macross Plus, where a computer AI produced female entertainer named Sharon Apple, represented as a hologram, became a galactic pop idol. Miku Hatsune is a real-life version of Sharon Apple. See: Sharon Apple - Information High (Macross Plus).

Hatsune Miku in Second Life

Hatsune Miku Vocaloid Second Life 2
Virtual Singer Hatsune Miku Avatar in Second Life. Source marketplace.secondlife.com

for more about Second Life, see: Second Life Screenshot Gallery.

Thanks to Gwern Branwen, wizardgynoid for tips.