The Pleo, created by Ugobe, is the newest companion robot. It is a dinosaur that reacts to your movements and expressions. If you hug it, it will say “Ahh” and vibrate. If you throw it, it will cry. If someone runs up to it quickly, it will bark like a watchdog.
How does it work? It actually has an operating system running in it called Life OS. Life OS, as Windows XP and Mac OS 10.4, has been programmed to its consumers’ lifestyle. Instead of programming Internet Explorer or Microsoft Word for productivity, Life OS is tailored for reactionary emotions, and even allows consumers to train the dinosaur how to act when given certain movements or expressions.
At $350, this robot could now be more of a reality. This might be a good present for kids, adults, or those who just need company. Who knows – this might replace the everyday dog or cat companion. For those who watched iRobot, and may be cringing right now, let’s just hope there’s not a bad chip out there.