Literally, mobile music.

With thousands of iPod accessories available, there’s always going to be one that stands out from the rest. Enter Miuro, the robotic iPod clock.

The $US930 Miuro short for “music innovation based on utility robot technology” responds to a handheld remote control. The egg-shaped device can either pump tunes from your docked iPod or wirelessly from a PC through its Kenwood-built speakers.

Available in black, yellow, white and red, the 5kg Miuro did a preprogrammed vacuum-cleaner-like dance, rolling about and pivoting to music at a demonstration in Tokyo.

The iPod already connects to speaker systems in homes and cars, as well as to earphones, but ZMP President Hisashi Taniguchi said robotic technology adds another convenience to mobile music.

“The robot helps you listen to music wherever you are without even thinking about it,” he said. “Sometimes I don’t even have the energy to put on a CD.”

Separately sold options add a camera and sensors to the robot so it will map out its own position and remember routes, Taniguchi said.


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