Keepon Robot Breaks it Down to the Music of Spoon

Posted on 16/08/2007 by wcox in Industry
Image Keepon, a robot designed to study, "dance-oriented nonverbal play with between children and the robot" gets his big debut in a music-video featuring the music of Spoon. The robot, designed and built by Hideki Kozima, and programmed by Marek Michalowski, has four degrees of freedom, two cameras in his eyes, and a microphone in his nose, and is absolutely adorable.

There, I've said it. Keepon, is probably the cutest robot this side of Johnny-Five. He's also a great dancer - witnessed by the over 1.3 million views this video has on Youtube. He'll be making an appearance at WIRED's NextFest in September.

Keepon is designed to interact with children by communicating attention and emotion. It has four degrees of freedom: attention is directed by turning +/-180° and nodding +/-40°, while emotion is expressed by rocking side-to-side +/-25° and bobbing up to 15mm:

Check out the video below:


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