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August 30th, 2006

A company called Ugobe is putting out an amazing robotic dinosaur called Pleo that interacts with it’s environment and reacts to stimuli.  Pleo also has behaviors of it’s own.  I’m looking forward to buying one!

According to Ugobe’s web site:

Pleo is a ‘designer species’. He incorporates all the basic traits of autonomous life. He is specifically engineered and enhanced to mimic life and relate to his owner on a personal level.
Pleo is equipped with senses for sight, sound, and touch. He learns as he explores his environment. He will exhibit genuine reactions to sensory stimuli. Every Pleo begins life with certain tendencies but, interaction with his environment has subtle effects on his behavior. Every Pleo eventually exhibits a unique personality.
Pleo is capable of expression. He can feel joy and sorrow, anger and annoyance. When Pleo is tired, he will become drowsy and go to sleep – even dream. Two or more Pleos will recognize one another. Be careful though. They can transmit colds to each other. Achoo! Pleo even sneezes!

Popular Science has a whole writeup on Pleo, which you can find here.  This is a direct link to a video of the pleo in action (WMV file).

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