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The rebirth of the Dinosaur – bye bye Woof Woo

Here is a new pet toy for you. It looks cute, looks way better than Sony s Aibo hound, and comes with some really funky features.

Popular Science has termed
Pleo the smartest robot pet yet

Pleos movements are fluid; its actions are spontaneous and unprogrammed. Its skin is smooth, seamless and stretchy. Inside, however, the 3.3-pound Pleo is very robotic indeed. It iss stuffed with 38 sensors to detect light, motion, touch and sound. They feed information about Pleos environment to one of eight processors that can handle a collective 60 million calculations per second. A complex computer program determines what the dino pet does next—howl over the edge of a table, sneeze, crane its neck around 180 degrees to see who’s scratching its back, or any of thousands of other possibilities. As Pleos manufacturer, Ugobe in Emeryville, California, develops more sophisticated personality coding, you’ll be able to upgrade the robot through its SD-card slot or from the Web through its USB port.

We discussed the advancement of AI the other day in one of our seminars discussing the potential agency that machines could develop and the possible reprogramming by hackers which occur. By allowing owners to add programs to their dino does create on the one hand a practical forum for development in the bot industry, on the other hand might motivate the recreation of a mechanical Jurassic Park!

Check out this video of Pleo!

Dr. Ian Malcolm: God creates dinosaurs. God destroys dinosaurs. God creates man. Man destroys God. Man creates dinosaurs...
Dr. Ellie Sattler: Dinosaurs eat man. Woman inherits the earth... (Jurrassic Park, 1993)


  1. Blogger Nicholas | Sunday, August 20, 2006 12:26:00 pm |  

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  2. Blogger VErge | Sunday, August 20, 2006 3:41:00 pm |  

    hello bud. Go check out my new design on my blog. loved the story of the dinosaur. Where can i get me one