Miuro robot turns Apple iPod into boombox-on-wheels

“The new Japanese robot Miuro turns an iPod music player into a dancing boombox-on-wheels,” The Associated Press reports.

“The 14-inch-long machine from ZMP Inc. (http://www.zmp.co.jp/e_home.html) 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.,” AP reports.

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

“The robot went on sale Thursday in Japan by Internet order, and overseas availability is expected in the second half of 2007,” AP reports. “Separately sold options add a camera and sensors to the robot so it will map out its own position and remember routes, Taniguchi said.”

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