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BeatBots Releasing $40 'My Keepon' Robot Toy

From the press release: Wow!’s design experts and robotics engineers, based in their recently-opened Los Angeles office, worked closely with BeatBots to design a toy that captured the essence of the Keepon character while replicating the robot’s most engaging interactive traits.

We hope that the toy version of our robot can channel public excitement towards general autism awareness while supporting our distribution of tools and resources to people and organizations around the world working to understand and treat it.” Sadly, these are all the details that I’ve got for you at the moment.

It’s easy to look at that $40 price point with concern, but I’m optimistic, and it’s also important to remember that commercializing My Keepon is going to help make Keepon Pro cheaper and more available to people who need it, so it’s good news for everyone.

My Keepon

My Keepon has a socket at the back of the base which is suitable for connecting a 12V DC, 1.5A power adapter with 3.5mm OD/1.2mm ID mini plug.

Although these processors are not as powerful as those found in your standardcomputer, we believe that My Keepon has the most sophisticated audio analysis and dancing behavior ever available in a robotic toy under $50.Because it is completely self-contained and autonomous, My Keepon needs to pause momentarily while dancing to listen to and analyze music without the interference of motor noise.

You can view the manual as a PDF online hereorYou can download the PDF manual in a zip file here If you have problems viewing the file please make sure you have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed from here My Keepon is a toy version of a research robot, Keepon Pro, which isbeing used by scientists to interact with children in therapeutic andresearch settings.

Keepon Pro has cameras in its eyes and iscontrolled from another room by an expert operator who responds tochildren's social engagement with the robot.The My Keepon toy retains some of the qualities that make Keepon Pro auseful tool in autism research: a simple appearance, uncomplicatedbehaviors, and tactile appeal.

Keepon robot soon available to the masses in toy form as the $40 My Keepon

Stuff, hot on the heels of an award-winning 2010 and the wildly successful 'Dave theFunky Shoulder Monkey,' prepares to do it again in 2011 with their new blockbuster toy, 'MyKeepon'!With over 4 million views on YouTube, music videos featuring a robot named Keepon havestoked the public's desire for this cute and lovable yellow character.

Untilrecently, Keepon has been limited to labs and institutions, where it is breaking new ground inthe fields of social robot design and autism research.But now, a toy version of the character is on show for the first time at the European Toy Fair inNuremberg, Germany.

Stuff's Managing Director, announced, 'We are launching a blockbuster toy thatwill sell in similar quantities to last year's mega-hit Dave, but this time we're going global.'North added that, during London Toy Fair previews, 'My Keepon had all of the retailers inabsolute disbelief.

For their part, Kozima and Michalowski also wanted to meetthis public demand for the character of Keepon while making the high-end Keepon Pro robotmore widely available to researchers and institutional users.Wow!'s design experts and robotics engineers, based in their recently-opened Los Angelesoffice, worked closely with BeatBots to design a toy that captured the essence of the Keeponcharacter while replicating the robot's most engaging interactive traits.

We hope that the toy version of ourrobot can channel public excitement towards general autism awareness while supporting ourdistribution of tools and resources to people and organizations around the world working tounderstand and treat it.'Page 2 of 3VAT Registration Number: 883 7345 84 |

Keepon

Keepon is a small yellow robot designed to study social development by interacting with children.

Its simple appearance and behavior are intended to help children, even those with developmental disorders such as autism, to understand its attentive and emotive actions.

The robot, usually under the control of a teleoperator, has interacted with children in schools and remedial centers for developmental disorders since 2003.[2] Keepon achieved popularity with the March 2007 YouTube release of a video in which the robot was depicted dancing to the song 'I Turn My Camera On' by the band Spoon.[3] The video was made by Marek Michalowski of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, US, after programming Keepon to dance to musical rhythms.

The makers say part of the profits from My Keepon sales 'will go towards subsidizing and donating BeatBots' research-grade robots to therapists and researchers.'[7] Keepon experienced another upsurge in popularity in 2012 after a variant of Keepon appeared in an advertising campaign for EDF Energy.

Keepon on The Works

Keepon Pro is profiled in the "Robots" episode of The Works, a History Channel show hosted by Daniel Wilson. Originally aired on September 25, 2008. See

Keepon dancing to Spoon's "I Turn My Camera On"

The robot Keepon Pro (developed by Hideki Kozima and programmed by Marek Michalowski) dancing to the song "I Turn My Camera On" by the band Spoon. See and

My Keepon - Mellow Yellow UK Adverts

MY KEEPON - LITTLE ROBOT, BIG PERSONALITY - My Keepon appears in 4 UK Wide adverts. - IS THIS A COPY OF ZINGY FROM THE EDF AD? - My Keepon was developed in conjunction..

My Keepon - Yellow Dancing Toy Robot (Bodyrockers - I like the way)

Website now live: LITTLE ROBOT, BIG PERSONALITY My Keepon moves to any music! A microphone in My Keepon's nose allows it to hear the music you play (or the rhythms..

Keepon dancing to Spoon's "Don't You Evah"

The robot Keepon (developed by Hideki Kozima and programmed by Marek Michalowski) dancing to the Spoon song, "Don't You Evah." This video is available to the public under the terms of the...

David and robot Keepon

This video captures the first interaction of David, then 11 months old, with the robot Keepon.

Keepon on WTAE

WTAE-TV4 in Pittsburgh covers an interaction between Keepon Pro and children with autism. Originally aired on April 3, 2009. See for more info

My Keepon does the Harlem Shake

Robots! Music!

My Keepon Robot

My keepon robot is a toy version of the original Keepon back in 2007. "My keepon" was made by beatbots and was sold as a toy in the UK and US back in 2011. I found this little guy at a goodwill...

Keepon's attentive and emotive actions

The robot Keepon Pro (developed by Hideki Kozima) is designed to interact with children by communicating attention and emotion in the simplest and most comprehensible way. See