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Virtual Pet Robot (electronic) dogs are the craze this Christmas season .

Robopet is the perfect fusion of technology and personality. He comes alive with a combination of user-controlled movements and autonomous, free-roaming behaviors, some of them naughty and some of them nice. And, at seven inches, hes the perfect interactive pet to take anywhere!Robopet

Man's best friend? Robopet is more than that. In fact his creators claim that he's the ultimate fusion of technology and personality. And we'd have to agree; because thanks to a clever combination of user-controlled movements and autonomous, free roaming behavior this ultra-intelligent dog practically comes alive. And just like a real pet he can be playful, curious, angry, depressed, rude and even disobedient.

Robopet can do almost anything a real dog can but you won't have to follow him around with a pooper scooper or look away in embarrassment as he demonstrates his uncanny flexibility when washing. Robopet can walk, run, sit down, lie down, stand up and roll over, and he even makes barking, whimpering, growling and panting sounds.

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An autonomous 4-limbed desktop pet with incredible agility and multiple sensors. Robopet has the

If you dont like to have a real pet in your home but do wish you could then how about a Robotic Pet like this cute pet robot ROBOPET which outscores on a real-pet for reasons purely incidental to its robotic nature.

Our two dogs joyfully welcomed their new robotic brother into the family. Robopet barks, pees on things, rolls over, whines, howls, and even attacks. PC Magazine faults Robopets design for a tendency to roll over, fall down and stumble. Our dogs were completely charmed by Robopets antics; this design flaw is not a design flaw in our dogs eyes. Thats all that matters.

Our dogs are normally very quiet; in fact, I havent heard them bark in years. Well, tonight, that all changed. Dao, our chow, barked at, pawed and trailed his new little brother all over the house. He loves Robopet and thinks of it as a real dog he can try to play with. Our other chow is not easily fooled; she trailed both of them and laughed silently at both Dao and Robopet, as if she was in on a big joke. When we finally put Robopet to bed, Dao keeled over and went to sleep, but not before he gave us a silent paws up of approval. Our home returned to peace, with two dogs quietly snoring at our feet.


Virtual Pet Robot (electronic) dogs are the craze this Christmas season .


In press materials, Robopet is described as a "futuristic replica of a real pup." That's stretching it a bit, unless future pups are born without skin. Robopet is, more accurately, a skeletal representation of a small Chihuahua's physical anatomy, especially in the legs, which have been engineered to interpret realistically the bones and tendons of a dog. As a result, Robopet can sit, rear back, and even jump like a real dog. The last trick is especially impressive, as the robot does manage to leave the ground.
Once you get past the faceless (Robopet has no eyes, mouth, nose, or ears to speak of) white, black, and gray exterior, you'll find a robot that has some pretty impressive skills. Like the Roboraptor, Robopet comes with a remote control and is equipped with a range of sensors for sound, image, tilt, and even edge detection. The audio sensors let him respond to loud sounds, the infrared image sensors help him navigate around obstacles, tilt lets him know if he's been knocked down or has fallen over (or is upside down), and the edge detection keeps the 9- by 6-inch (length and height), pint-size pup from falling off tables.

Most of these sensors work well. When placed in guard mode, objects and sounds (passing in front of him) will cause him to stand, bark out in alarm, and make other odd distress sounds. The image sensors do help him get around, say, something right in front of his face, but he may miss something below eye level. For example, at one point he began to scamper up our keyboard. Edge detection was a bit of a hit-and-miss affair. Sometimes he saw the edge of our table, other times not. We do not recommend putting him on a small or narrow table because, when Robopet does see the table edge, he rapidly walks backward to get away from the precipice and sometimes scoots right off the opposite edge, tail first. As you may have guessed, there are no sensors on his rear.

Robopet does a variety of tricks. They are intended to be both naughty and nice. So he can sit, play dead, jump, and roll over. He can also pass gas and "pee" on the rugthe latter involves lifting a leg and making a peeing sound effect. (No actual rugs were harmed in our testing.) The remote lets you launch any of these tricks. It also includes happy- and sad-face buttons, which you use to praise or scold the pet and encourage or discourage behavior. This is the core of Robopet's simple, though elegant, learning abilities. The more praise he receives for a trick, the more often he'll do it. The more negative the feedback, the less often he's apt to, say, pass wind. So Robopet will become the kind of puppy you want: a good natured, well-behaved one--or a slob. If you want to maintain this behavior, you'll want to leave the robot in sleep mode; pressing the sleep button on the remote for 5 seconds puts him to sleep and wakes him up.
If you actually turn Robopet off, however, he forgets everything he's learned. Think of him as a robot with short-term memory loss disorder.

As a semiautonomous robot, Robopet can do most of these tricks at will, but you can also program him to do one or any of them at any time by hitting the tricks (star) button on the remote and then transmitting the command with the execute button. Commands can be bundled togetherup to 20, in factand delivered to the Robopet in batch form. We started by hitting the program button and then used the tricks and the directional buttons (there are four) to program him to walk forward, backward, left, and right, and then roll over and play dead. We hit the program button to end the sequence, and execute to transmit it all to Robopet. He performed all the moves without a hitch.

One of Robopet's best tricks is rolling over. He does this by twisting his body at the waist. To get up, he collapses his legs on one side and then twists his body to roll one set of feet over to the ground so he can push himself upright. It's cool to watch, and it's even more entertaining when he throws himself over on the ground to play dead and then has to get back up. This trick, too, has a downside. If Robopet is on a table, he will sometimes roll right off the edge. Again, he has no sensors on his side.


As with Robosapien and Roboraptor, Robopet is programmed and controlled via a nifty RC unit that allows you to 'teach' him special tricks, sequences and moves. The Remote also doubles up as a virtual leash, so you can even take your bionic bow-wow for a walk. Simply mark a path using the ingenious laser light and Robopet will follow. You can also use the controller to influence Robopet's personality by reinforcing good behavior and discouraging bad behavior; praise him too much and he'll act spoiled, punish him too much and he'll become timid.

Despite your role as Robopet's master, this incredibly hi-tech hound will also behave autonomously and responds to his surroundings just like a real doggie. Well okay, he won't pee on the carpet or leave presents behind the sofa but he will avoid obstacles in his path and react to sound and movement. Indeed Robopet's phenomenally dog-like agility and awareness makes him a revolution in cyber-canine technology (admit it, you didn't know there was such a thing) and we know you'll be smitten by his antics the second you see him in action.
Robopet features:

* Robopet can walk, run, sit down, stand up, lie down and get up, and roll over.
* He can be playful, naughty, curious, angry, depressed and rude.
* He makes digital animal sounds, like barking, whimpering, growling and panting.

Train your Robopet

* Robopet is trainable, teach him to sit, beg, and roll over.
* You can reinforce good behavior
* You can discourage bad behavior
* You can influence Robopet's personality. But remember:
o Praise him too much and you'll spoil him,
o Punish him too much and he'll become timid.

Robopet can learn tricks

Use the controller to encourage him and also to discourage him.

Program your Robopet

Program sequences of movements and tricks.

Robopet behaves autonomously

* He roams around freely in his 'world' and displays appropriate animal behavior.
* Robopet behaves according to his different range of moods.

Take your Robopet for a walk

* Use the 'laser' light leash on the controller to mark a path for Robopet to follow.

Robopet responds to his surroundings

* He can see and avoid obstacles in his path,
* He can see and avoids table edges,
* He responds to sounds,
* He responds to human movement,
* He can function as a guard dog.

Robopet also responds to commands from Robosapien V2.

Length

* 9in. Long

Battery requirements:

* Robopet: 4 x AAA batteries (not included)
* Remote Controller: 3 x AAA batteries (not included)
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