Rhythmbits – New Dancing Turtle Robot from Tomy
The Japanese toy manufacturer Tomy has created a follow-up to their Walkiebits, a dancing miniature robot turtle released in 2005.
The Rhythmbits dances to music by wagging its tail and moving forward and backward in response to high and low-pitched sounds.
The Rhythmbits robot is small enough to fit in a child’s hand and is manipulated by infrared light from a nearby controller. This controller can differentiate high sounds from low sounds and sends signals for the turtle to move forward or backward depending on the pitch.
The turtle will dance to sounds from a music player or television, or a person can speak in high and low tones to control it verbally.
Rhythmbits is available in six colors and costs 1,575 yen (about $14 USD).