My Friend. Animatronic fur-ball fun comes to the living room with this…ahem…creature. They react, adapt and interact with you just like a real husband or wife, and you even get to feed them if they behave. However this is clearly yet another example of the disturbing rise in cynical armchair outsourcing on the part of the domestic pet industry, so we’ll be watching this one with interest. $49.95.
These “personal buddy” animatronics pets are all different: they look different, sound different, respond differently and, amazingly, they adapt according to the person who adopts them. They come with light and sound sensors and artificial intelligence built in – you’ll be amazed at what they do. They’re very soft pets, easy to touch and hold. If they’re happy, they’ll play and purr and wag their tails. If you forget to play with them or feed them, they may growl a little to remind you. (And, yes, you actually do “feed” them – that’s how close they are to the real thing!)