The My Keepon operates in two modes, activated by two buttons on its base. The music mode (left button) allows the robot to dance in time with any nearby music. The robot shifts semirandomly through a number of dance moves and locks into a song's tempo with an uncanny accuracy.
The second mode (right button) allows the My Keepon to react to touch, spinning on its axis, chirping, compressing, and generally being adorable.
The My Keepon robot is the consumer spin-off of a research robot called simply Keepon, used to help children with autism build bonds of attachment, and to encourage eye contact and other difficult interactions.
The original robot uses cameras and microphones embedded in its eyes and nose to perform sophisticated tracking and response procedures. The low-cost My Keepon robot forgoes the sensors but maintains the same wide-eyed look and button nose.