Thursday, May 31, 2007

Japanese robot dances to iPod music

ZMP has already shipped 500 units of the original Miuro, which isn't
equipped with the intelligent software but instead responds to a
remote-control handheld manipulator.

The 108,800 yen ($895) original Miuro can also receive wireless
signals from a personal computer to play iTunes and other stored
digital files. Separately sold options add a camera that beams images
to PCs or lets owners control their Miuros by mobile phone.

Miuro, short for "music innovation based on utility robot
technology," is only on sale in Japan. ZMP did not give a date for the
release of the prototype.

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