Beginning in the early 2000's,Pleo's inventor, Caleb
Chung (inventor of cute little Furby) spent two years fulfilling
his fantasy of creating an artificial life form, or at least creating
a toy robot that make owners feel he's real.
Since then, the Pleo story has been a dramatic roller coaster of ups and down, with the original manufacturing company, Ugobe, filing for bankruptcy in 2009 before the Jetta toy company stepped in to save Pleo from extinction.
When it first hit the market, this techno
dino was equipped with sensors (35 in total) throughout his tiny
body, allowing Pleo to react instantly to sight, sound and touch.
They also made Pleo capable of expressions and reactions. They
also made each Pleo unique. As Pleos learn they begin
to form their own distinct behaviors and personalities developed
from their environment.
Relaunched in 2011 as Pleo rb (for Reborn) has evolved into something more special, including the ability to recognize colors, aural sensors so that it can actually see AND hear. incredibily, the new version also has "taste buds" to either accept or reject food it doesn't like according to its programming. Finally, Pleo can now detect the outside temperature and react accordingly to a warm or cold environment.
The latest reiteration of Pleo feature nine new kinds of food and medicine items made for Pleo rb in different health and life situations and seven new "learning stones" that can teach Pleo rb how to bow, dance, sign, walk towards their owner, and play games.
the Author: The "Toy Guru" is Odette Cabrera, a
two with a background in education and child development, and
a very personal interest in toys that are fun, challenging and