Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Pleo is quite an interesting soon to be commercialy available robot pet. Pleo, a Ugobe Life Form is the authentic recreation of the long extinct Camarasaurus, a dinosaur from the Jurassic period. Pleo is a 'designer species'. He incorporates all the basic traits of autonomous life. He is specifically engineered and enhanced to mimic life and relate to his owner on a personal level.
Pleo is equipped with senses for sight, sound, and touch. He learns as he explores his environment. He will exhibit genuine reactions to sensory stimuli. Every Pleo begins life with certain tendencies but, interaction with his environment has subtle effects on his behavior. Every Pleo eventually exhibits a unique personality.
Pleo is capable of expression. He can feel joy and sorrow, anger and annoyance. When Pleo is tired, he will become drowsy and go to sleepóeven dream. Two or more Pleos will recognize one another. Be careful though. They can transmit colds to each other. Achoo! Pleo even sneezes!
Pleo is a one-week old infant Camarasaurus from the Jurassic period. Camarasaurus were born and raised in giant fern forests. They evolved camouflage that allowed them to blend with their environment of ferns, moss and ruff, the detritus that littered the forest floor. The first Pleo created is a Fernback. His markings help him to survive by hiding among the giant fern fronds in his habitat.
Pleo is an authentic Life Form. Treat him gently like any other living thing. Your Pleo will let you know how he feels at any moment. That's because he is capable of actual emotions including joy, aggression, sorrow, and fear. He can also yawn, sigh, sniff, sniffle, snore, cough, hiccup, and sneeze.
Pleo wants to explore his environment. He will be cautious when he walks to the edge of a table. He may cry when he is frightened. Pleo will stretch when he first wakes up. He may stomp his foot for food when hungry.
The Pleo is expected to be available for purchase this fall with a price of about $200.
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
By Kimberly Nordyke
May 25, 2007
It looks as if Comedy Central and Sony Pictures Television might be powering up "Gay Robot" again but this time as an animated project, sources said. The project -- from SPT and Adam Sandler and Jack Giarraputo's production company, Happy Madison -- was first ordered to pilot in 2005 as a scripted, live-action adaptation of a character featured on Sandler's comedy album "Shhh ... Don't Tell." The title character (voiced by Nick Swardson, reprising his role from the album) is a robot who discovers after an unfortunate incident involving a wine cooler and his circuit boards that he is gay. After "Robot" didn't get picked up by the network, SPT made the pilot and clips from it available on such sites as MySpace (where Gay Robot has his own page), BitTorrent and Sony-owned Grouper. The project began generating a great deal of buzz online; Gay Robot even has more than 32,000 MySpace friends. Sources said the network and studio now are looking at redeveloping "Robot" as an animated project, but both parties declined comment. The original pilot, in which Gay Robot and his fraternity buddies try to find him a date for the homecoming dance, was written by Swardson and Tom Gianas, who both executive produced with Sandler, Giarraputo and Doug Robinson. (Kimberly Nordyke and Nellie Andreeva)
Via The Hollywood Reporter
Edit: Found the pilot episode (pt 1 of 8) on YouTube-