June 03, 2008
Keepon The Dancing Robot
Keepon is a robot who dances. He was developed by scientists in Japan to help treat children with Asperger's syndrome and autism. Pretty lofty job description for a robot that is essentially two yellow balls, eyes, and a button nose. But apart from his scientific credentials, if you watch this music video which introduces Keepon, you'll see a fantastic lesson in character appeal. Keepon has only a few simple moves, and no appendages, or a face that can change expression or even blink, but he is an irresistible personality. You see his magic best when he is dancing with the more human-proportioned robots. While the other bots can wave their arms, do the twist, and scuttle like crabs, Keepon seems like a little living animal among them. Simple, adorable, and incredibly entertaining. Great song too. I love Spoon. Thank you Nate for finding this video!
Posted by Joanna Davidovich at 12:18 AM