Considering the overwhelming success of movies like Star Wars, Toy Story and Iron Man, robotic devices will probably be a trend in the world of toys anytime soon. If your beloved child has already asked you to buy a gadget like this, spend a couple of minutes reading this article before rushing to the nearest toy shop and buying some innovative robo-toy. What we have here is a short yet informative review of the most popular bots that came into our lives in an attempt to replace familiar pups and kittens with their buzzing and blinking plastic alternatives.
Giga Pets were certain kind of a pioneer in this field in already remote 1997. They got popular pretty soon for being able to tell when they needed to be fed and to “grow” if taken care of properly.
Released in 1998 owl-like Furbies stayed on top for a rather long period of time and were even brought back to life in 2012. These cute robotic toys won hearts of children from all over the world with their unusual “Furbish” language and were later taught to understand English and be fed with the help of an app.
AIBO and i-Cybie are apparently the most well-known robotic dogs endued with skills of real pets. These adorable metal pups were able to bark, wag their tails and even understand a certain number of voice commands. Obviously, an ideal alternative for those allergic to dog hair.
Robotic toys of new generation already react to touch and cuddles, know their names and even go through an entire life cycle. Some of them, for example, PARO a cute robotic seal, were created to help ill people recover after severe diseases and provide king of animal therapy in places where real pets aren’t allowed. Revived in 2010, Pleo is a miniature dinosaur acting exactly like a pet. The bot takes certain interest in the surrounding world, responds to the petting of his owner and can even learn something new.
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