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keepon story The Gift of Bot
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 over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor for Boing Boing and WINK Books. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

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