TOKYO -- The new Japanese robot Miuro turns an iPod music player into a dancing boombox-on-wheels.
The 14-inch-long machine from ZMP Inc. blares music as it rolls and twists from room to room. The robot, which looks like a ball popping out of an egg, has speakers from Kenwood Corp.
Apple Computer Inc.'s iPod player locks into the top of the robot, which comes in white, black, yellow, or red.
The $930 Miuro -- short for ``music innovation based on utility robot technology" -- responds to a remote control. It receives signals from a PC to play music from iTunes and other programs.
At a demonstration in Tokyo, the 11-pound Miuro did a preprogrammed vacuum-cleanerlike dance, rolling about and pivoting to music.