18/06/09 – Sony Rolly Comes to PlayStation Home Japan.
Today, Sony Computer
Entertainment Japan has a suprise for Japanese PlayStation
Home users for a chance to enjoy a new music-themed
space called the 'Music Café'.
When you enter the space, the first thing you will see is a giant
SONY Rolly sitting in the entrance! Go in more to
see more Rolly's dancing to the music on a table
and a DJ booth with Rolly branding on them. The music
and lighting changes by hour in the space and the music is synced
so everyone there can enjoy it together. On the second floor, there
is a VIP Space to relax and another area that leads to the 'SONY
Gallery Space' that offers a number of current
BRAVIA, VAIO, Walkman etc
products on display, view them in 3D and you can see the
information about the products there as well.
the Music Café space, another giant Rolly
sits. When you enteract with the Rolly, you can do
a vote. If the certain music artists played in the space get a large
number of votes, it can affect the music playing in the Café.
You can also check the ranking board of the differnt songs on play.
The SONY Rolly
Japanese "Motion Park" site also has the dance
that of the virtual PlayStation Home Rolly's dance
to download and play for real on your own Rolly.
1/04/09 – American/English SEP-30BT Rolly Firmware Update.
Unexpectedly, the English
Rolly's have got their firmware update like the Japanese
SEP-50BT models today along with the Rolly
Remote software; which allows you to use the Rolly
Remote software to control up to 7 upgraded
Rolly’s at a time. No word on the mobile phone version
of Rolly Remote as of yet, picture below shows a
Sony Ericsson XPERIA
controlling a Rolly, so my guess is
maybe Sony Ericsson are currently working
on a piece of software to control Rolly to bereleased
later on in the year.
To download the new
firmware and the Rolly Remote software click
here to go to SONY’s English
Support website and upgrade your Rolly's!
Update 21/11/08 – Japanese Metallic Pink
'SEP-50BT' Rolly Debut!
in Japan the new metallic pink Rolly 'SEP-50BT'
if your good with your SONY model numbers or own
a Rolly at the moment, you would see a difference
in the model name, the current Rolly model is 'SEP-10BT'…
So what is the difference? This new updated
model has 2GB of memory (a first for Japanese Rolly’s)
and new firmware built-in to allow you to remotely control your Rolly
via Bluetooth via your computer or even a mobile
phone to change its volume, move its arms around, roll around, spin
and play music! Also this feature allows you to remotely control more
than one Rolly at a time meaning up to SEVEN Rolly
can now be controlled at the same time, so proper synchronize
Rolly dancing is now here! Another cute little feature is
if you own the new type "C" VAIO (known
as "CS" VAIO outside Japan) when Rolly
is connected to one the lights at the bottom of the VAIO
will copy Rolly's!
Don't worry though if you think "great, now I'll have to buy
a new one to get these features" - there will be a firmware update
with all these features to download in the first week of December.
So all older Rolly's will be the same as the new
pink Rolly out-of-the-box. The 'Rolly
Remote' software will be available to download from SONY
Japan's Rolly support website along with now a update
to the motion editor "ver. 1.1" and will need to download
SONY's new SonicStage "V"
with it to work. Once again, all software for Japanese Rolly's
can only be installed on a Japanese Windows OS computer.
Both American and European Rolly’s have no
signs of any future firmware updates like this at the moment but it
may happen sometime in the future.
Update 15/07/08 - Happy Birthday to VAIO!
Today, VAIO Europe
celebrate the 10th anniversary of VAIO - Starting
back in 1998, it has now grown to a very well known IT brand for SONY
in Europe and has come along way so far. I just wish to say here all
the best to VAIO and SONY Europe
and continue onto the next 10 years to make the SONY VAIO
so special that it already is.
Club VAIO Link: VAIO
Update 24/04/08 - My Black Rolly arrives.
This morning, my black
SONY Rolly arrives from Sony
Style Japan along with a pair of the lovely red Rolly
arm parts. The black Rolly comes already running
the same latest Rolly firmware update v1.01. The
black Rolly is in a glossy black finish and sadly
without the sparkle effect like the white one has. Because of the
glossy black, finger marks and dirt show up badly on it and is quite
hard to keep clean and looking like new. I put the black Rolly
arms on my white Rolly as I think it looks great,
and I prefer my white one overall as the sparkle finish is much nicer
than the normal gloss finish. I have also now updated my white Rolly
with the latest firmware and I now love watch the two dance in sync
together - two is much better than one!
Update 01/04/08 - The Black Rolly debut + custom
coloured Rolly arms!
Arn't they just sooo cute!? Today, SONY
Japan announced on Sony Style the debut of the black
SONY Rolly, and like the white Rolly,
there is also an option to buy a matching black charging cradle and
a matching black carry case for him.
The announcement also brings a great new-look official Rolly
here for Rolly's Official Website
) and the debut of the customizable extra three-coloured Rolly
arms. They come in set's of blue, red and silver as shown here below.
You can then mix and match the arms to get different new looks to
After seeing this fantasic news, I quickly went and ordered my Black
Rolly with the matching black cradle and case and
the set of three coloured arms to go with them. Pictures to follow
soon once I receive them!
Update 17/11/07 - My Rolly Arrives, Rolly's
Here he is - After a bit of a wait from Japan, my Rolly
from Sony Style online shop Japan along with the
Rolly soft carry case and the charging cradle for
him. He's great in every way, he's full of that great SONY-'style'
in looks, the 1GB in-built memory is plenty for Rolly
being only able play music out loud and even without an LED screen
Rolly's user interface is easy, impressive and very
intuitive to use. The mini-USB port and Bluetooth
makes it so you can plug him into anything, like your PS3
or connect him to your Walkman Sony Ericssion. He
always brings smiles to people’s faces that see him dancing.
The best bit that amazed me the most was the sound quality from his
two little speakers are amazing and can be very loud, you could definitely
listen to him like you would with an personal Hi-Fi/Radio etc, but
this robotic mini Hi-Fi also dances to your music - what more could
you possibly want?
Welcome to the gang, SONY Rolly!
10/9/07 - Introducing the SONY “Rolly”!
SONY has released a
new little robot called the “Rolly” it
is a “Sound Entertainment Player”
that dances to your music in a very cute and stylish way. I felt this
needed to be on here as I just love him and he has so many little
features from AIBO and QRIO, it
kind of looks like they had a little baby egg! It’s been released
today on Sony Style Japan for 39,800 Yen (around
£170). He supports SONY’s ATRAC
music format too and of course, the latest SonicStage
software. He comes with SonicStage CP and 'Motion
Editor' to edit Rolly's dance moves to your
favourite songs. Both ATRAC and SonicStage
are going to be cancelled in the UK and in the US come March 2008
so it's nice to see new SONY products still using
them. Looks like SONY Japan are still going to keep
SonicStage and ATRAC going; I know
I shall be keeping all my ATRAC songs and continue
using SonicStage after they have been cancelled over
You can check out his Japanese official website on the link below
for more information.
"Following the SONY Corporation FY05 3Q announcement,
the production of AIBO Entertainment Robots and the
R&D of QRIO SDR has been discontinued
as of end March 2006. As for the sales activity, we will discontinue
the sales of AIBO once all remaining stock runs out."
This is the saddest news ever, I’m really upset about what has
happened and I only hope someone at SONY can change
this for the future and see AIBO and QRIO
PLEASE, SONY! BRING BACK AIBO/QRIO!
AIBO is now officially gone, (!) it's now quite
impossible to get one in a Sony Centre as of now
and Sony Style online shop as taken down the
AIBO area of the site. The only places if your looking to
buy an AIBO is places like eBay and such but beware
of the scams, be careful when buying AIBO on eBay
and make sure the seller has the AIBO in person and
can arrange for a local pick-up.
'CHAMPANGE BROWN' COLOUR KNOWN AS
'HONEY BROWN' IN JAPAN - THE LAST EVER AIBO.
Just before SONY's
announcement of the discontinuation of AIBO and QRIO
the last ever AIBO witch is now limited edition,
'Champagne Brown' colour with new AIBO Mind 3 software
was released in October 2005. I got my ERS-7M3/T
'Champagne Brown' on January 25th 2006 in Sony Centre
Ealing, West London. I named her 'Caramel' because of the 'caramel-brown-like'