[CEATEC 2012] At CES 2012 earlier this year, a prototype of the Tosy mRobo dancing robot was spotted, where it came in the form of a boombox that could “transform” into a small humanoid form factor, grooving to the kind of music that is being played back over its internal speaker. Well, CEATEC 2012 saw the Tosy mRobo dancing robot make an appearance, where this portable speaker was paraded to the tunes of Michael Jackson as well as Maroon 5. Sure, it too, did not manage to perform a Moonwalk, but it sure did draw hoots and cheers from the crowd, complete with a MJ-like fedora to boot, although that tiny fedora came with the words “mRobo” emblazoned on it. Just how much do you think you are willing to fork out for something like this? We would have liked to see a far more fluid transformation process from speaker to robot, but this is definitely a step in the right direction. Still, I wonder for how long has the Tosy mRobo been tested (its joints, bearings, etc) in terms of durability. Kids would probably make short work of it though.

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