Ampbot – Your Own Musical Stalker
Looking like the result of aÂ love-triangle betweenÂ a Segway,Â RollyÂ and aÂ Miuro this is the newÂ A.M.P. (Automated Music Personality or Ampbot) from Sega-Hasbro.
AmpbotÂ standsÂ 2.4-feet tall and features an MP3Â player /Â iPod cradle on its back, stereo speakers, and the ability to follow, chase and interact with its owner.
Sound comes out viaÂ a 5-inch mid-range speaker in the chest and a pair of smaller tweeters in the shoulders for a total of 12 watts tunage.
Osamu Takeuchi of Sega Toys says,
“The owner can also enjoy being chased around the house by the robot.”
That’s a selling point? Sounds a tad ominous to me!
The Ampbot and controller requires 9 batteriesÂ (6x D and 3x AAA) for about 10-hours of continuous music.
Wouldn’t it have been better to have added a charging station? If a robotic hoover can have one why can’t a music-bot?
Ampbot will be out by the end of the year for around $500 in the US and Japan.