Japanese electronics company unveils self-balancing miniature robot cheerleaders. Roselle Chen reports.
An innovative Japanese company unveiled its latest robot invention - a group of 10 tiny robot cheerleaders. Synchronized to their own music, the robots do little more than dance to the beat, but Senior Vice President Yuichi Kojima of Murata Electronics explained that the main purpose was to inspire the next generation and support future innovators. SOUNDBITE: Yuichi Kojima, Senior Vice President, saying (Japanese): "We made these with the intent to encourage children and young people's dreams of improving technology in the future." The robots roll around on gyroscopes that balance on a ball, use four infrared sensors and five ultrasonic microphones to detect objects even in a completely dark room. The company said that while they put over two years of development into the robots they don't plan to actually sell them or use them for anything more than display.