Rock and Rolly From Sony
LAS VEGAS--The most curious gadget I have seen so far at CES is a small, spinning cylinder at Sony's booth called the Rolly. It's a combination of digital-music player, portable speaker set and, um, dancing robot.
As the Rolly plays a song stored in its 2 gigabytes of flash memory, it can also spin itself around and flap the covers of its speakers in tune to the beat.
( Watch a video on our CES video channel that shows what it looks like in action. )
You can also remotely control the thing from a Bluetooth phone, and you can program the sucker with new dance steps. It's supposed to go on sale sometime in the first half of this year; Sony won't name a price, but a publicist suggested that $500 could be a reasonable estimate.
Over a decade of going to CES has taught me that there's a market for anything, no matter how outlandish it might seem... but some of these markets can be rather small, and in some cases limited to blood relatives of the engineers who worked on the product. In my current sleep- and food-deprived state, I just can't say for sure how the Rolly will do.
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