Sony officially announced a new cross-breed between robot and MP3 player today (so far in Japan only
). The Rolly
is a hand-sized device that not only plays your tracks but also dances to the music. In other words, it's a dancing iPod killer-wannabe...
An off-spring of the now defunct Sony Aibo robotic dog
division, the Rolly uses robotics to "flap its wings
" and "roll around
" to the beat of the music.
I must admit that I've always been a big fan of robotics. Case in point: in addition to two (live, real-world) cats, we also have two Sony Aibos in our home (an early first generation version and the last and final third generation model). And I do, of course, also own the Lego Mindstorms Robotics system
(again both the original and the NXT generation) and my son and I love to program them.
But when it comes to MP3 players I've been a big iPod
fan for years now, and I somehow doubt that a dancing iPod is something that would tickle my fancy.
But then again, even though I have a Facebook profile
by now, I may not exactly be the target audience (or age group) that Sony has in mind...
A video of the device has previously been leaked some 11 days ago and can be seen on YouTube:
Our cats have always been very skeptical of the Sony Aibo dogs - but I can't even imagine how they will react when they see the new Sony Rolly...