Keepon

A robot that looks like two yellow balls squished together, with googly eyes and a button nose, on a black stand.
Keepon wants to dance for you. Photo: BeatBots/Wow! Stuff

Keepon is a social robot that interacts with people and dances when music is playing. It's used to engage with children in autism research. A toy version, My Keepon, is designed for general audiences.

Creator

BeatBots

Year
2003
Country
United States 🇺🇸
Categories
Features
A robot that looks like two yellow balls squished together, with googly eyes and a button nose, bops around on a black stand.
Interactive
See Keepon move. Photos: Randi Klett

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Overall Rating

Average Rating: 4.2 stars (14,600 ratings)

Current Ranking: #52 top rated

Would you want this robot?

82% said yes (14,387 ratings)

Current Ranking: #57 most wanted

Appearance

Neutral

Most rated "Somewhat Friendly" (31,686 ratings)

Current Ranking: #214 creepiest

Did you know?

Some of the proceeds from My Keepon sales will go towards furthering autism research.

A robot that looks like two yellow balls squished together, with googly eyes and a button nose.
Keepon may not look like it, but he's got some real moves! Photo: BeatBots/Wow! Stuff
Keepon dancing to Spoon's "Don't You Evah." Video: Beatbots/Wired

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History

Keepon was created by robotics researchers Hideki Kozima and Marek Michalowski, who founded BeatBots in 2007. One of the goals was to develop a robot for autism research: The robot would be teleoperated in a playroom by therapists at a remote computer, letting them engage with children in the guise of a simpler body. Keepon (the research model is known as Keepon Pro) has gone through four mechanical design revisions over the years. In 2011, BeatBots and toy maker Wow! Stuff made Keepon available to the mass market as My Keepon, a toy version that responds to touch and dances to music.

Specs

Overview

Keepon Pro: Equipped with camera, touch sensors, and autonomous and teleoperation modes. My Keepon: Touch sensors and autonomous mode.

Status

Inactive

Year

2003

Website
Width
11.5 cm
Height
27.5 cm (including base)
Weight
1.5 kg (Keepon Pro); 1 kg | 2.2 lb (My Keepon)
Sensors

Keepon Pro: Cameras (in the eyes) and microphone (nose). My Keepon: Array of touch sensors (body) and microphone (nose).

Actuators

Keepon Pro: Four DC motors with gearing and encoders. My Keepon: Three toy-grade DC motors

Degrees of Freedom (DoF)
4 (pan, tilt, lean, and bounce); In My Keepon, the last two are coupled on a single motor.
Materials

Keepon Pro: Custom-machined aluminum and silicone rubber skin. My Keepon: Injection-molded plastic and elastomer skin.

Compute

Keepon Pro: On-board microcontrollers for low-level motor control and an external computer for high-level behavioral control. My Keepon: On-board microcontrollers.

Software

Keepon Pro: Custom software, written in C and Max. My Keepon: custom audio processing and behavioral state machine.

Power

Keepon Pro: 12-V DC power. My Keepon: 8 AA batteries.

Cost
$30,000 Keepon Pro; $40 My Keepon (launch price; current price may vary)