Sony QRIO Movies

A lot of visitors to this site have been looking for the movies of Sony’s QRIO robot running – here you go: running clip1, clip2, clip3, clip4; throwing a ball clip5; and four QRIO’s dancing clip6.

Another movie can be found here (conducting an orchestra), and two more here (balancing and falling)

Posted on December 19, 2003
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42 Responses to “Sony QRIO Movies”

  1. chris on December 19th, 2003 3:37 pm

    fantastic! best QRIO movies i’ve seen,try and get sum more if possible

  2. drew on December 20th, 2003 5:06 am

    these have been the only movies I’ve found of this on the net. Thanks.

  3. giskard2k on December 20th, 2003 6:22 am


  4. mike on December 23rd, 2003 12:52 pm


  5. Wayne on December 31st, 2003 1:05 pm

    Very cool indeed. It seems like Qrio’s capabilities are getting better and better. I was very impressed by the distance of the throw as well. But what I have yet to see is the autonomous nature of Qrio. How is Qrio in conversation, dialogue? How well will it follow commands etc….any footage of that kind of behavior??

  6. King on December 31st, 2003 1:09 pm

    Any idea how much Sony is planning to retail it for?

  7. Josh Lukehart on January 3rd, 2004 1:23 am

    Yes, they are going for a mer 40 G’s! They are expected in this year 2004 late, or early 2005. Although in 2005-2006 a more economical one will be out for 8-12 K’s!

  8. Woody Pearson on January 5th, 2004 4:18 pm

    Wow 40g’s well i cant afford that unless there only targeting the rich ill jus stick with my i-cybie

  9. Jose on January 8th, 2004 5:57 pm

    Took my breath away..

    the future is upon us..

    If this is what they are willing to show to the public, I shudder to think whats behind closed government doors..

  10. hry on January 11th, 2004 1:49 pm

    hey im a freak,geek,… video

  11. Enigma on January 16th, 2004 7:23 am

    “Yes, they are going for a mer 40 G’s! They are expected in this year 2004 late, or early 2005. Although in 2005-2006 a more economical one will be out for 8-12 K’s!”

    After actually contacting Sony I was informed that onced produced they will be sold for around 4-7k

  12. PAUL on January 19th, 2004 7:17 am

    Just saw a couple of these gus on the Today show.
    Damn they are something.
    Estimates on retail are about $50,000 bu tnot available

  13. Deadline on January 21st, 2004 12:31 pm

    they have a video clip there of it talkin in english and doing alittle jiggie

  14. Sunapollo on February 1st, 2004 12:09 pm

    Fantastic videos !! I wish there’re more. I really like the 4 dacing robots !!

  15. TAG on February 11th, 2004 10:04 pm

    Scary thing about what behind the government door is planing for this robot.. They may as well take apart of the robot and find some idea for the war and for the people… I believe it can make a weapson tobot like in any anime movie show… Think … BIG !!! A HUGE HUMAN SIZE OF ROBOT walking among us and shooting around… I dont know.. it just an idea for the human-like to do anything as we can do as the robot can… to learn to swim under the water… to be a DEATHLY WEAPSON with full karate knowledge… What the heck, it can be anything… it the object that can do anything!

  16. Anonymous on February 19th, 2004 8:10 am


  17. Taylor on March 8th, 2004 3:05 pm

    Judgement day will come, the question is, how wil “they” judge us?

  18. popa_doc on March 9th, 2004 2:05 pm

    very cool..I don’t agree with the judgement day stuff though. I’ve always dreamed of Technology like this and I’m happy to see it in my lifetime.
    Mabey big-o’s and Gundams are next..who knows.
    It’s an exciting time!

  19. jorge llopis on March 20th, 2004 6:21 am

    hola amigos,soy un ciudadano español.quisiera saber cuando se pondra a la venta qrio y su precio en el mercado,…donde puedo contactar para saber mas sobre este producto?,..muchas gracias y gracias

  20. leighanne on March 24th, 2004 11:54 am

    hi craig. i got here from a link in steve bass’s newsletter (he’s a pc world columnist). cool shite.

  21. CK on March 24th, 2004 10:22 pm

    Steve Bass and Kim Komando had links to hear in their daily e-mails

  22. alien epee on March 25th, 2004 12:14 pm

    The future is upon us and it’s looking cool. As far as goverments planning to kill us with robots, it’s a crack of ….t. If they want to kill you they can do it with humans, which are more deadly.
    Robots are cool and I am looking forward when my house is cleaned by one of those 😉

  23. Cyborg Six on March 29th, 2004 1:32 pm

    Very cool. I had seen the “dancing” video previously on another site (, so the first four of them in various walks/runs/jogs were something of a let-down. However, the Pitching one was sweet (and was that a barely audible sample of its voice near the end?) and the overall quality of all the movies was slightly better than the one I’d found previously. Will definately be checking the rest of the site.

  24. linkli on March 31st, 2004 3:13 pm

    i am 45 years old and so happy to live in todays technology. Embrace it. When I think of how far we have come in such a short time….

  25. Jsese on April 5th, 2004 1:05 pm

    the dancing ones were flashier, but the ones of it running I found a lot more impressive. Just because of the science behind it. There have been bipedal robots that could walk for years, but to have it able to run, basically to have no contact/ and therefore no info coming in. its ability to run is a larger step forward than dancing, no pun intended

  26. ctrl on April 6th, 2004 6:27 am

    does anyone know what music is the one the roborts are dancing on? I like it and I’d like to get it…

  27. Craig on April 8th, 2004 9:03 pm

    I’ve posted links to 3 additional clips at the top of this page showing QRIOs conducting an orchestra, balancing, and falling and getting back up.

  28. stench on April 9th, 2004 3:33 am

    I dont think they can make them bigger cause the power to weight ratio gets worse the bigger/heavier they are. very suprised to see how fluid they were and not only that where are the motors?? i bet it uses som sort of tensionwire or something to simulate muscles contracting, or it uses hydro’s or pnumatics, who knows…only Skynet holds key to the future. (PS) what is the acomplishment here though? besides bing very cool to watch. what type of new technology do these bring?? is it the mechanical side that makes these great or the software/circutry? not hating, just trying to figure out what they do or what is the “Latest and greatest” technology here? plus for 40k i want my robot fetching stuff for me. i mean what else is a robot good for? and this little guy ‘proly takes 30 mins to walk across my kitchen and get a beer. im lazy but im not that lazy. still the coolest robot iv ever seen. moves so smooth it looks super imposed-like. way to go sony, now the next great leap in electronics will be to make my digital camera take more then 6 pictures ,with the lcd on, without batteries dying. YAY!

  29. Patrick on May 22nd, 2004 1:30 pm

    Stench, if you look on Sony’s Web-site, it shows all information reguarding QRIO. It is, of course, biased, however also provides what seems to be factual info. Some of the cool things about him are wireless network so that he can look something up on google for you. Also he can do things such as carry out intellectual conversations. They are currently working on a life sized model that will be used for household chores, as well as factory work. Well worth the 40k to someone who needs a slave-like being, however to a normal citicizen, perhaps a bit too steep for “casual conversations” If you want something that is comparable, but needs a remote control you could try to Robo-sapien by Woowee (designed by ex-nasa tech). It’s about $80-$100 and can do most of the things that QRIO can do. The both of them can be programmed to do much more than what it comes out of the box doing!

  30. MIRAI on June 1st, 2004 12:26 am

    Damn it! I never thought I’d seen anything like this in my life!! I mean, it’s amazing how technology has advanced this much and I’m glad to be a witness of it, nevertheless, the question now is, what’s going to be our position when our own technology overflows us?
    Today Qrio leads an orchestra, will a new generation of Qrios lead the whole humankind tomorrow?
    I neve imagined I’d get this weird feeling after reading “I ROBOT” by Isaac Asimov

  31. Lonnie Headley on June 5th, 2004 8:51 pm


  32. BaDDaD on July 4th, 2004 11:22 am

    Imagine the hope this must bring to ppl that have lost or were born without legs.

    These machines are not “smart” the are simply following a set of programming code.

    They do run algorithyms that assist in common pattern recognition and obstacle avoidance among other things. We are far away from fully automous learning machines.

    In the meantime, QRIO is cool. Turning 38 this week, I never dreamed that I would get to see technology this advanced in my lifetime.

    Check out HONDA’s site for the ASIMO robot too.

  33. Jacob Morris on July 25th, 2004 10:48 am

    I just saw QRIO today, and it’s the coolest! I wish it were more affordable. Who are the largest competitors for this type of product? I saw Wowee’s Homosapien, but that doesn’t come close. Is there any other manufacturer out there making a smiliar product?


  34. thwebguy on August 2nd, 2004 8:12 am

    wow that’s amazing, i want one :/

  35. haikus on August 2nd, 2004 8:12 am

    seriously, i totally dig those

  36. mark smith on August 18th, 2004 10:46 am

    i have seen this robot before in popular science magazine. i thought is was cool then but forgot about it. am amazed at how well this unit moves and with such fluid of movement. after seeing irobot this weekend, and seeing this bot move i am very excited about the future. even a robot this size with more capabilities like for example rooming a house and making sure an older adult hasn’t fallen down on the floor and calling a pre-programmed list of telephone numbers in the even this has happened is very useful and practical.

  37. Agent_Smith on September 28th, 2004 12:21 am

    Far what is the world coming to ? Is it good is it bad ? all those movies that hollywood make are becoming a reality. ( Terminator, Matrix, I robot ) Who knows what they do next ? The future is upon us whether we like it or not. We should be cautious, Honda’s little robot is a marvel aswell. There getting there, give them another 5 years and 50 billion dollars and we can have AI and a loveable little boy… is that what we want in the future… ? Many issues are going to arise, should we be scared now ?

  38. Soledad Flores on October 10th, 2004 2:27 pm

    hello, I am of Bolivia and go to robocup2004, I like much the presentation that let Sony with the like robot qrio and know to me where I can obtain music which these danced robots, thanks for the aid

  39. Dragolupo on October 12th, 2004 6:55 am
    I think Asimo and Qrio share the same tecnology.

  40. N on December 12th, 2004 9:54 pm

    Anyone got any updated info about it’s release to the general public?

  41. KANE on December 28th, 2004 12:24 pm

    My cousins just got back from Tokyo Christmas and they got clips on their digital of the QRIO Robots in a preformance for New Years. They should be out on the market soon! The four robots were speaking to each other and they even danced the Salsa!! It was amazing!

  42. JANO on January 16th, 2005 8:31 am

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