CES: Sony’s Walkman meets Aibo
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Sony, the company that gave us the Walkman, spectacular TVs and a revolution in consumer electronics, opened its CES news conference -- amid music blaring and giant video screens -- with a product that it described as a whole new category of entertainment.
It’s called the Rolly.
Don’t get too excited: It’s a dancing music player.
The palm-size device looks like a neon-striped Easter egg that flaps its disc-shaped arms, shoulders and wheels in time to the music. It has built-in stereo speakers and 2 gigabytes of memory to store as many as 520 songs, which can be loaded from a PC or a phone.
Think iDog, without the cute puppy charm.
The Rolly is a descendant of Aibo, Sony’s robotic dog that attracted a rapid crowd of hackers who were fascinated by making it perform unauthorized tricks.
However, we’re betting this product will play dead.
-- Dawn C. Chmielewski and Alex Pham