ToysRUs is exclusively selling the My Keepon interactive dancing robot this Holiday season.
Have you seen the My Keepon interactive robot yet? It is yellow and looks like a snowman that pretends to be a chicklet. My Keepon is moves to any music. The tiny microphone in My Keepon's nose allows him to hear the music you play or even the rhythms you make yourself. There is actually lots of smart robotic stuff inside My Keepon. Bloomberg has published an interesting report on how My Keepon came about. You can watch that below.
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What is My Keepon:
My Keepon listens for the tempo of the music and matches the beat with an uncanny sense of timing. You'll never get tired of watching My Keepon dance to any style of music, from slow ballads to pop music. Each performance is an original and unique interpretation. With an array of touch sensors underneath his playful textured skin, My Keepon responds to poking, patting, squeezing or tickling by looking around, showing his mood and making expressive sounds. As soon as My Keepon wakes up, he wants to play and will try to attract your attention. My Keepon sits on top of his very own performance stage, which contains most of the robotic mechanism, so My Keepon himself can be soft and squishy to touch. My Keepon even has his own non-verbal language, which he uses to express himself and try to grab your attention. It's not clear what he says, but he sure is cute.
This little robot has big personality! My Keepon is based on his cousin Keepon Pro, a research robot created by two BeatBots scientists and used in playrooms to study social development and autism. When you buy My Keepon, a portion of the purchase is used to expand the Keepon Pro family of research robots, which will be distributed to researchers and practitioners investigating the use of robots in autism therapy.
My Keepon sells for $39.99 on ToysRUs. I am not sold yet on this thingy, but then I had to have Furbies back in the day, I might as well get a My Keepon.