The Dancing ‘thing’ from the EDF Blue + Price Promise advert
Unfortunately ‘Zingy‘ the orange dancing character from the EDF energy advert is a one off made especially for the advert by BeatBots. He (She? It?!) has gone down a storm, with people even starting online petitions demanding a toy version be created and made available to buy.
** UPDATE **
EDF energy are hinting that ‘Zingy‘ may be released soon; a recent tweet from @edfenergy in reply to a question regarding a Toy Zingy read,
“Not at the moment, but his popularity hasn’t gone unnoticed. Stay tuned!”
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Zingy is based on a Keepon Pro a robot that was created to help study social development and autism. There is a yellow toy version called a My Keepon and it is available to buy. For more information and to compare prices, please see below:
Little robot, big personality. My Keepon is an internet celebrity and now a brilliant robotic pet. My Keepon has two modes; in Dance Mode a built-in microphone and some brilliant beat-detection technology means this robotic buddy will bop in time to music or clapping. He seems to have an uncanny sense of timing and weirdly fluid movement, keeping you mesmerised as he gets into the groove. In Touch Mode My Keepon uses an array of invisible sensors underneath his textured skin. You can poke, tap, squeeze, or tickle, him and My Keepon will react accordingly. His robotic mood even responds to your touch, with emotions ranging from curious, to excited, to sleepy, and everything in between.
The music featured in the original advert is the 80′s classic Together In Electric Dreams by Philip Oakey & Giorgio Moroder
My Keepon is based on it’s cousin Keepon® Pro, a research robot created by two scientists.
Dr. Hideki Kozima (Sendai, Japan) and Dr. Marek Michalowski (San Francisco, U.S.), of BeatBots have been using Keepon Pro in playrooms to study social development and autism. Keepon’s simple appearance and dynamic behaviour have been embraced by children, parents, and practitioners alike. These same qualities have made Keepon resonate with a general audience through Internet exposure and public engagements.
When the pair of roboticists made Keepon dance on YouTube for the very first time, it instantly became an Internet phenomenon, with millions of people watching. To date, the video of Keepon dancing to indie rock band Spoon’s “I Turn My Camera On” has had nearly 2.7 million views online.
“To answer the thousands of fans who have asked for their very own Keepon, we have teamed up with toy innovators Wow! Stuff to create My Keepon, a lifelike robotic toy packed with personality, who can live in anyone’s home,” says Dr. Michalowski.