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Alive Puppy – the emotional response robo-pup


This Alive Puppy is a plush toy that goes a little bit further than your average playtime pooch. For one thing it’s got touch sensitive ‘skin’ – i.e. sensors and a mic – which reacts to touching, tickling or hugging. You want freaky? Then watch out as it pants, barks, blinks or wags its tail as you pet it. Who said robots had to be metallic cyborgs? $99.95.

 Beneath the puppy’s soft, furry coat are sensors in its paws, head, and back that, along with a built-in microphone, trigger lifelike canine responses when it is patted, tickled, or hugged. Depending on how it perceives the touch or sound, it opens its mouth while panting or barking, wiggles its ears, blinks its eyes, or enthusiastically wags its tail. The puppy’s actions are accompanied by any of 18 lifelike sounds, from a playful bark or a peevish grumble to a curious snuffle or a forlorn whimper. When ignored for several minutes, it takes a snore-emitting nap

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