Friday, February 10, 2006
Furby's inventor Caleb Chung's latest creation is called Pleo. Modelled on a one-week old Camarsaurus, it has been engineered to mimic life with organic movement and behaviors that allow him to relate to humanity on a personal level. Pleo is able to use simultaneous sensory inputs along with a sophisticated behavioral platform to act independently and express himself through motion and sound. Pleo can convey emotions, is aware of himself and his surroundings, and evolves in behaviour over time.
• 14 servo joints with force feedback
• 38 touch, sound, light and tilt sensors
• Quadruped motion
• Ability to avoid obstacles and not walk off edges
• Sound sensors and music beat detection
• Autonomous interaction with owner and environment
• 11 actions, inc. coughing, blinking, sighing...
• 17 distinct moods, inc. anger, boredom, playfulness...
• Upgradeable operating system
• SD card memory expansion
• Ability to communicate with other 'related' life forms
Pleo is expected to be available for Autumn 2006 for about £120 ($200). For more information visit ugobe.com