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Old Mar 26, 2012, 12:59 PM   #1
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Japanese Robot Uses iPhone as Toy Dog's Face




Our sister-site TouchArcade points out this Japanese iPhone-powered robot dog. The "dog" is an app that is installed on the iPhone or iPod Touch and then acts as the face of the virtual pet. The dog was originally reported by Japanese blog Mac Otakara.
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The smart pet uses the front facing camera on the iOS device to recognize and react to certain gestures, and there will be over 100 different kinds of expressions that the pet can make. There will also be support for importing your own photos of your pets (or whoever you want, really), and there will be some sort of Bluetooth connectivity to allow multiple smart pets to interact with each other. And, perhaps most important of all, your smart pet comes equipped with the ability to sneeze. Sounds adorable.
The tamagotchi-like app launches in Japan on March 31 and the pet body will be available after that -- no details on pricing however. Neither the app nor the dog itself have been confirmed for U.S. release.

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Old Mar 26, 2012, 01:10 PM   #2
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the first thing i thought when the original iPad was introduced was "put a front facing camera on this thing, and it'd be awesome as an interactive face for a robotic pet grizzly bear!"

looks like my dream may yet be on the horizon...
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Old Mar 26, 2012, 01:12 PM   #3
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A Toy Dog walks into a bar...

...and the bartender says "why the long face?"
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Old Mar 26, 2012, 01:21 PM   #4
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Whatup dawg?!
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Old Mar 26, 2012, 01:21 PM   #5
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looks a bit like an iDog i had back in the day! haha
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Old Mar 26, 2012, 01:35 PM   #6
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That was wonderfully useless. He spent 2 minutes doing what? What the hell was I watching?
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Old Mar 26, 2012, 02:10 PM   #7
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Knowing Japan, next we'll be seeing 50-story-high robots powered by iPads. It's only inevitable.
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Old Mar 26, 2012, 02:12 PM   #8
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Old Mar 26, 2012, 02:23 PM   #9
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Wow. Thankful for this post!
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Old Mar 26, 2012, 02:29 PM   #10
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Don't worry Samsung will patent this soon.
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Old Mar 26, 2012, 02:34 PM   #11
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Only in japan.
They seem to make a pet out of everything. Seems to me like the target audience would be kids too young to own a iPhone or Touch. Then again, I don't have kids so I really don't know what I'm talking about.
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...

Watch the video at around 0:40. The dog makes a run for the edge of the table and the guy has to grab it and pull it back.

Imagine if he hadn't caught it (or if you bought one and it did something similar and you didn't catch it): The dog runs off the table and shatters its face - your iPhone's glass front screen - on the ground.
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That was wonderfully useless. He spent 2 minutes doing what? What the hell was I watching?
watching or lives drift away.
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Watch the video at around 0:40. The dog makes a run for the edge of the table and the guy has to grab it and pull it back.

Imagine if he hadn't caught it (or if you bought one and it did something similar and you didn't catch it): The dog runs off the table and shatters its face - your iPhone's glass front screen - on the ground.
I don't know, It looked to me like the dog stopped on its own; like it had a proximity sensor or something. I think the guy's hand was there just in case the dog fell.
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That was wonderfully useless. He spent 2 minutes doing what? What the hell was I watching?
What the hell am I reading?
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And there I was contemplating all the sensible, useful things I could do with my current iPhone when the new model is released....

I do so love the Japanese and their crazy toys. And yes, iGundams would be awesome.

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Old Mar 28, 2012, 10:18 AM   #18
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Lol..Yeah this can only possible in the country like Japan..Nothing to say only need to observe silently that how fast this world is moving on!!
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err...The guy seems to spend most of his time trying to make the robot work...I doubt I'd buy one...
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So you wave your hand in front of the dog's face, it makes some noises, and walks around in random circles???? how fun.
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Definitely interested to see how much it will cost.
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looks like something my uncle would buy. What a waste of cash... And plastic for that matter.
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