WheeMe robot offers a rolling massage (video)

LAS VEGAS—Massage therapy gets automated with the WheeMe robot, which promises to caress and tickle as its wheels and small rotor run over your back.

DreamBots WheeMe

Sensors determine the slope of its subject so the robot massager can shift direction and keep rolling, instead of falling off its subject, according to representatives of DreamBots, developer of the palm-size massage therapist.

A unit measures 5 by 3.8 by 3.1 inches and weighs about 12 ounces; it rolls along at just under two inches per second. Units are available in white and blue or white and red. It runs on three AA batteries.

The WheeMe apparently rolled through CES previously, but is now available through several distributors in the U.S. and internationally. Representatives at CES said it sells for $69 to $79, but it's priced at $199 in the U.S. through partner Pinook.

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