Tag Results for Pleo (11)

  1. Can Pleo the robotic dinosaur replace the family cat?

    Photo: Ugobe Spectrum senior editor Tekla S. Perry and her kidsâ''ages 9, 12, and 16â''adopted a ­dinosaur for two weeks. We're talking about Pleo, the AI-powered toy dino. The kids, who quickly decided that Pleo was a girl, liked its realistic movements and sounds. But Perry thinks the robot needs better batteriesâ''and a behavior software update. The Perry family is keeping the cats. The brainchild of Ugobe, a robotics ­company in Emeryville, Calif., Pleo looks and acts the way youâ''d expect a baby Camarasaurus to, thanks to ­sophisticated ­robotics. She has two 32-bit …

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  2. What a conceptâ¿¿a removable battery!

    The folks at Ugobe, an Emeryville, Calif., company building a robotic dinosaur, Pleo, have hit upon a brilliant solution to solving the problem of battery life; theyâ''re changing the productâ''s design to incorporate a removable battery. The bad news is the design change is going to further delay shipping, already nearly a year behind schedule. A quick recap, for those who havenâ''t been sitting on eggs waiting for Pleo to hatch. (Groan, I know, I couldnâ''t resist.) Pleo, or at least a prototype, debuted back in 2006 at the Demo conference. In spite of …

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