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Japanese robot turns iPod into ‘boombox on wheels’

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Tokyo-based ZMP Inc. today introduced a new robot that’s designed to turn an iPod into “a dancing boombox-on-wheels.” The 14-inch-long robot, named Miuro, has a built-in iPod compartment and integrated speaker system from Kenwood, and receives wireless signals from a PC to play music from iTunes and other programs. It can be controlled with a handheld remote control and can also be upgraded with a camera and sensors to map out its own course. Miuro comes in white, black, yellow or red and will go on sale in Japan this week for 108,800 yen ($930). U.S. and European availability is expected in the second half of 2007.

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1

yeah… if i had $930 dollars, and i needed a speaker system like that, i’d just buy a $300 speaker system and pay $630 to some b-boys to work on my breakin’ moves. 

cool idea, though!

~funkpod

Posted by funkpod on August 31, 2006 at 12:10 PM (CDT)

2

that’s rediculious. almost as rediculous as those levi iPod jeans!

Posted by mike H on August 31, 2006 at 1:23 PM (CDT)

3

Urm…..now why do we need this? It seems like one of those examples of things that can slice, dice, tie your shoes and walk the dog for you… They should just stick to 1 main focus and leave it at that.

Posted by pizzaface on August 31, 2006 at 1:35 PM (CDT)

4

Ya know, I’m not even going to act excited or surprised about the price.  After being a member here for a almost a year, there’s not to much that will surprise me anymore when it comes to ipods and their accessories…(well the iPod toilet paper holder threw me a bit).

Damn near a thousand dollars…  makes you wonder if companies that make stuff like even really want to sell them.  They can’t expect many to sell at that price.

I don’t even know what the things does I skimmed and saw the price and that’s all it took. Just stopped by to see what you guys thought.

Posted by Ramon V Carter on August 31, 2006 at 6:21 PM (CDT)

5

Well it’s about time. lol

Posted by Lockhart on August 31, 2006 at 6:49 PM (CDT)

6

I am buying this rite now, when is it avab. in usa? and where?

Posted by Eric Lewis on August 31, 2006 at 7:26 PM (CDT)

7

Maybe they will use this thing at their Karaoke clubs.

Japanese gadgets…gotta love em’.

Posted by Mr. Anderson on August 31, 2006 at 8:08 PM (CDT)

8

Well honestly, Japan makes some pretty sweet stuff when it comes to technology. But this you don’t really need. I mean, what if it rolled down the stairs or something? And for $1000? Sshhiitt thats expensive…

There’s not much accessories left to make for ipods anymore.

Posted by JoNaThAn on September 1, 2006 at 2:34 AM (CDT)

9

Robots will soon “take over”. lol
I’m sure they’ll make a robot band, just type in a kind of music and some instruments and a robot will make the beats and analyze them making a new song… fast, slow, play a song and tell it you want one similar. all you might get to do is add some singing. haha

Posted by Brad J on September 1, 2006 at 3:08 AM (CDT)

10

Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto…....

Posted by SouthernGothic on September 1, 2006 at 12:55 PM (CDT)

11

It’s not Japan’s Fault that americians are poor. It makes Tech. that is cool and interesting. And it works, much longer then the 10$ imitation that will be made by americians in the near future.

Posted by Kuro Rai on September 1, 2006 at 10:23 PM (CDT)

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