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My Keepon, $80
This is an affordable commercial version of the Keepon robot that we’ve written about before. Keepon was originally developed as an aid in doing social robotics/autism research. The developers of the bot have even done projects for MAKE. Keepon is a strange little dancing yellow blob, but with its diverse reactions, it’s a great example of machines that can be designed to appear like they have a real personality and feelings. I really want to get one of these and find out what the hacks potential is.

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.


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