At the 2006 DEMO Conference today UGOBE announced the first of their new line of Designer Life Form robotics products, beginning with the cuddly Pleo.
Designed to look like a newborn dinosaur (a 1-week old Camarasaurus sauropod, to be exact), Pleo sports 40 sensors, a life-like movement system, 14 servo joints and the ability to exhibit a variety of lifelike moods and actions, including anger, boredom, sneezing, etc.
From the news release:
“UGOBE’s goal is to re-animate life by transforming inanimate objects into lifelike creatures exhibiting organic movement and behaviors,” said Bob Christopher, CEO of UGOBE. “Through evolving companionship, Pleo will suspend disbelief by bringing magic and beauty to life.”
Pleo should be available in Q3 2006 for under $200 retail.