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September 11, 2012

Let a Robotic DJ Handle the Music at Your Next Party!

Let’s face it, when you are hosting a party, you have so many different worries on your plate: what food to serve, whether your home is clean, how to decorate, and which of your boisterous friends to invite. The last thing most people want to worry about is providing tunes for the festivities. But now Tovbot, a technology startup, has launched a Kickstarter campaign that may provide some relief for those of us who hate the thought of choosing the music our own parties: a robotic DJ.

Dubbed Shimi, the robot DJ was designed by specialists at Georgia Tech, MIT and IDC. It takes advantage of smartphone technology to pick and play songs based on certain parameters, like mood and personal preference. The dancing robot would retail for about $199 and provide services similar to those of Pandora.

The robot looks cute, but co-creator Gil Weinberg is adamant that the robot is serious business. As he told TechCrunch, the robot is designed to be a musical sidekick, differentiating itself from other similar robots that are nothing more than toys. It gets smarter as technology involves thanks to its cloud update functionality. Plus, it uses voice activation technology from smartphones to give it cutting edge accessibility.

As for the future, the company wishes to branch out beyond this one robot. The founders envision a whole host of different specialist robots, from lamp robots who can provide lighting wherever you need it, to a robotic kitchen scale that can help you with recipes or measurements.

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Edited by Rich Steeves

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