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My Keepon Dancing Robot

My Keepon™ is an interactive robotic toy for kids of all ages. In its touch mode, it responds to pokes, pats, and tickles with a rich variety of emotional movements and sounds. In its dance mode, it hears the beat in music or clapping and dances in synchronized rhythm.

My Keepon is based on its cousin Keepon® Pro, a research robot created by two scientists.

Dr. Hideki Kozima (Sendai, Japan) and Dr. Marek Michalowski (San Francisco, U.S.), of BeatBots have been using Keepon Pro in playrooms to study social development and autism. Keepon's simple appearance and dynamic behaviour have been embraced by children, parents, and practitioners alike. These same qualities have made Keepon resonate with a general audience through Internet exposure and public engagements.

When the pair of roboticists made Keepon dance on YouTube for the very first time, it instantly became an Internet phenomenon, with millions of people watching. To date, the video of Keepon dancing to indie rock band Spoon's "I Turn My Camera On" has had nearly 2.7 million views online.

"To answer the thousands of fans who have asked for their very own Keepon, we have teamed up with toy innovators Wow! Stuff to create My Keepon, a lifelike robotic toy packed with personality, who can live in anyone's home," says Dr. Michalowski.

My Keepon will be available from October 2011. Appropriate for children ages 6 and up, My Keepon is also expected to be a hit with 16, 66, and 106-year-olds.

A portion of every My Keepon purchase will be 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.

Keepon Dancing robot Review

"The bopping blob you'll want for Christmas! It's not just a yellow blob with a cartoon face stuck on it. It's a robot called My Keepon and it dances and bobs perfectly in time to the music you play it, and it's become the latest must-have gadget." Metro

"Part of the fun comes from uncovering My Keepon’s reactions. Hit it on the head six times, for instance, and it will pop up and down six times while emitting a variety of R2-D2-like beeps and boops." Business Week

"The Keepon robot that we first saw in 2007 was definitely something totally different from what we do know about robots, and with a price tag of $30,000, it was well out of reach of normal folks. Well, how times have changed after four years have passed – this little robot is now available for home use, and at a much more affordable price point - we're talking about just $40" Ubergizmo

"This cute robot is around 10 inches in height and can dance and respond to touch…Toys R Us - the US toy retailing giant is betting big on My Keepon becoming the best selling toy of Christmas 2011." Squidoo

"The robot, which has been a hit on YouTube, dances to music and responds to touch…'When you see it rocking out, you just can't help but love it,' Richard Barry, a vice-president at Toys R Us told the publication." Toy News Online

"We've been having a torrid affair with the Keepon robot since 2007, his simple yellow shape and unflappable adherence to the beat capturing our hearts." Engadget

"Everyone knew in their gut that Keepon would be an instant market hit, especially with the Christmas gift buying public, if the price could be reduced to under $50, but it seemed like an impossible challenge. That's where WOW! Stuff, a UK based toy development company came in. They have a passion for turning neat concepts, usually involving some unique technology or robotics, into marketable and affordable products." Robot Dreams

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