Entertainment / Robotics


National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Carnegie Mellon University

It’s a dance, dance revolution! Meet the BeatBot named Keepon, a cute yellow robot from Japan with soft rubber skin, four motors, cameras for eyes, and a microphone for a nose. Though his day job is in social development research and autism therapy, his dance moves have taken the Internet by storm, giving new meaning to doing “the robot.” His appearance is simple, but his expressive and lifelike movement does all the talking.