8/31/2006

Japanese robot adds wheels to iPod

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 7:01 pm

The new Japanese robot Miuro turns an iPod music player into a dancing boombox-on-wheels. The 14-inch-long machine from ZMP Inc. blares music as it rolls and twists from room to room. The robot, which looks like a ball popping out of an egg, has a speaker system from Kenwood Corp.

Apple Computer Inc.’s iPod player locks into the top of the robot, which comes in white, black, yellow or red.

The $930 Miuro — short for “music innovation based on utility robot technology” — responds to a handheld remote control. It receives wireless signals from a PC to play music from iTunes and other programs.

At a demonstration in Tokyo, the 11-pound Miuro did a preprogrammed vacuum-cleaner-like dance, rolling about and pivoting to music.

Source: AP

 

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