Dancing Mint robots break it down

Mint floor-cleaning robots got funky at CES 2011, doing a choreographed dance to a tune by the Black Eyed Peas. Everybody go Boom Boom Pow!

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LAS VEGAS--Evolution Robotics' Mint floor-cleaning robot was back at CES this year with a funky dance routine that turned heads.

Five Mints got funky at the Evolution booth with a choreographed tribute to "Boom Boom Pow" by the Black Eyed Peas. The routine was a scaled-down version of a dance involving 12 Mints. The company has spent three weeks putting the routine together.

Debuting at CES last year and now selling for about $200, Mint uses Swiffer-type cleaning cloths to sweep floors . It can dance in sync thanks to its infrared navigation system, which tells each robot its location.

Mint did its choreographed boogie at a Las Vegas fashion show during CES 2011. No word yet on whether it will get a spot on "Dancing With the Stars."

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Crave freelancer Tim Hornyak is the author of "Loving the Machine: The Art and Science of Japanese Robots." He has been writing about Japanese culture and technology for a decade. E-mail Tim.

 

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