Receive a few gadgets from time to time which I fling in the cupboard to gather dust but sometimes there are a few which are worth reviewing.
The Sony dancing robot Rolly was something that I thought I was going use as a door stopper but to my surprise I find it has become one of the most used gadgets I own.
The Rolly resembles a squashed Haro from Gundam. Has two wings which open and close, rotate and flap about.
Instead of flying about, its got two rubber wheels which wrap around its body.
Music is transfered to the Rolly via USB. The downer is that the software needed (Sonic Stage) is Windows only so a Mac owner has to use a windows machine or run an emulator.
The other downer is that the software only runs on the Japanese version of Windows!
Do a search for "Sonic Stage Region Free" to find a version that runs on any version of Windows.
When the Rolly is held upright, one wing closes. The top wheel then becomes the volume control while the bottom wheel becomes the track selector. Flip the Rolly around on the other side and the wing that was open closes while the wing on the other side opens. The controls for volume and track select flip sides.
Some videos of the Rolly in action taken from YouTube. Dancing to Polyrhythm below - the tune will stick in your head - sung by Perfume. Harrasing a cat below.