Robotic iPod Dock Does Table Dances

Jun 1st, 2007 | By | Category: iPod Accessories, iPods & Portable Media Players, Strange

A new robotic iPod dock, Tokyo-based ZMP Inc.’s 14-inch long Miuro robot, can do more than just amp up your tunes. – it does table dances:

“We aim to create a new form of life that moves freely and spontaneously in ways human beings can’t predict,” said ZMP President Hisashi Taniguchi. “We’re hoping to turn Miuro into the ultimate virtual pet.”

The latest Miuro (music innovation based on utility robot technology) prototype is fitted with software based on what scientists call chaotic itinerancy, a mathematical pattern similar to the movements of a bee circling from flower to flower as it collects nectar. The software lets the Miuro act unpredictably, “just like a child playing,” said Tokyo University researcher Takashi Ikegami, who developed the software.

Other improvements will let users set the Miuro like an alarm clock so it wheels into the bedroom and blasts music at a certain time.

The Miuro lists for $1299.


  • Power Amp: 2-channel digital amp x 2
  • Woofers: 80mm x 2
  • Tweeters: 25mm soft dome x 2
  • “Bust”: 90cm (35.4 in.) with a 65cm (25.6 in.) underbust
  • Sensors: Camera, Gyro, Acceleration, Touch,
  • AC Adapter
  • Power station
  • Joystick attached to remote control

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