When we heard that Mark Tilden, the former NASA scientist behind Robosapien and Roboraptor, had created a super intelligent creature called Robopet we were initially dubious. Because when a robotic dynasty gets a four-legged family member the beginning of the end is usually nigh (we're thinking about the Six Million Dollar Dog here). Thankfully Robopet is every bit as enthralling as his bipedal relatives and we wouldn't be at all surprised if this staggeringly intelligent cyber canine became the pet of choice for RC robo-fans everywhere.
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 behaviour this ultra-intelligent canoid practically comes alive. And just like a real pet he can be playful, curious, angry, depressed, rude and even disobedient. Bad Robopet!
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.
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. But this sleek box of jiggery-pokery 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. No, really! You can also use the controller to influence Robopet's personality by reinforcing good behaviour and discouraging bad behaviour; praise him too much and he'll act spoilt, punish him too much and he'll become timid. Clever? He's barking-well brilliant!
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 whoopsie 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. Best in show? Robopet is the best four-legged friend in the universe!
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