Thursday, August 18, 2011

Meet My Keepon, this year's hot holiday toy

It's mesmerizing. Meet My Keepon, originally a $30,000 robot for autism research, and this year's holiday toy hit.

When Hideki Kozima, a Japanese expert in artificial intelligence and robotics at the School of Project Design at Miyagi University, and Dr. Marek Michalowski, a robotics expert collaborated on Keepon (its original name), the result was social media success. Above you can see a video of Keepon dancing to Spoon's "I Turn My Camera On" that has more than 2.6 million plays on YouTube.

This holiday season, Toys "R" Us has the exclusive U.S. rights to sell the robot, which stands about 10 inches tall. While the final price has not been determined yet, it will be less than $50. My Keepon hits Toys "R" Us shelves in late October, and chances are, one will soon be on your shelves at home. (Read more at Bloomberg Businessweek.)
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