Author Topic: Where's my damn robotic puppy?  (Read 2392 times)

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Where's my damn robotic puppy?
« on: February 27, 2017, 02:26:28 PM »
8-10 years ago, my elderly/disabled mom wanted a dog for company but knew she couldn't care for it. I would have bought her a (already discontinued) Sony Aibo in a heartbeat, but she wanted it to be life-like (furry) rather than techno.  I scoured the internet for months, then years, thinking that this 'comfort tech' was surely just around the corner.

What's the hold-up? Just stick some fake fur and eyeballs on a self-docking Roomba module and let it come out (autonomously) and bark and wag its tail. That's all I needed. It's a decade later, so maybe throw in a little AI to make it come when called.

Damn it, still makes me mad. Ping me if/when there is such a thing.

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Re: Where's my damn robotic puppy?
« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2017, 02:58:46 PM »
A friend let's things like this drive what she next mfgs and sells via ecomm.

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Re: Where's my damn robotic puppy?
« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2017, 03:52:41 PM »
>cat

Close. Almost bought one when they first came out just to see where it failed.  Pleo was closer, just needed to be a puppy instead of a reptile.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pleo

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Re: Where's my damn robotic puppy?
« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2017, 05:45:39 PM »

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Re: Where's my damn robotic puppy?
« Reply #5 on: March 07, 2017, 05:56:58 PM »

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Re: Where's my damn robotic puppy?
« Reply #6 on: March 07, 2017, 05:58:00 PM »

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Re: Where's my damn robotic puppy?
« Reply #7 on: March 07, 2017, 06:02:50 PM »
Thanks. I checked out all the Hasbro line when it was released. Crude animatrons, at best.  Not even close to semi-autonomous. The first thing to look for is a self-recharging dock, like the Roomba has.

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Re: Where's my damn robotic puppy?
« Reply #8 on: March 07, 2017, 06:15:28 PM »
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I have one of these. Even if it's over 16 yrs old, it's better than the toys out there now.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tekno_the_Robotic_Puppy

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Re: Where's my damn robotic puppy?
« Reply #10 on: August 30, 2017, 01:20:55 AM »
I can't resist...

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You know, the best friend I ever had was a dog
It sounds like a cliche unless itís happened to you
Some days that dog was the only reason I even got out of bed
That dog went everywhere with me
And then I heard the crack addicts
Were stealiní dogs and selling them for animal research
It sounded like an urban myth to me
Like the mouse in the Coke bottle
But I started leaviní her at home after that
You know, Paula was my wife for a while
She ran off to Paris with the great grandson of Van Gogh
A cartoonist who did fashion graphics for Le Monde
When Paula left she took my dog
I never saw her again
Except in the court during the custody battle
She won and got to keep the dog
And I didnít speak to anyone for months

-- Dan Bern, "Estelle"

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Re: Where's my damn robotic puppy?
« Reply #13 on: May 08, 2018, 05:06:34 PM »
Sony sells thousands of Aibo robot dogs as it considers US launch

http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2018/05/08/sony-sells-thousands-aibo-robot-dogs-as-it-considers-us-launch.html


Other articles have said it requires a subscription service. No thanks.

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Re: Where's my damn robotic puppy?
« Reply #14 on: August 23, 2018, 10:14:44 PM »
Cloud-Connected, AI-Powered Aibo Coming to US for $2,899

https://www.tomshardware.com/news/sony-aibo-specs-pricing,37687.html#xtor=RSS-5

No cloud! I want it smart enough to go for my jugular all on its own.