Thursday, June 28, 2007

Sega Toys' MIO pet robot: might chew slippers, jugulars

Sega Toys has another in a long line of personal robotic pets:
the MIO. This deer/dog (deg?) sells for ¥9,240 in October or about $75
whenever it escapes Japan. Like any good robopet, the MIO features big
doleful eyes capable of expressing joy, anger, and grief in response to
your tender grace or heel of your boot. No doubt, the latest entry in
Sega Toys' dream pet series helps ease you into the grave by washing
away the empty ennui of your existence.

Apart from walking, "feeding" and dancing to rave music, the head and back have a touch sensor that reacts to your caressing. You know, so you can hump MIO instead of it humping your leg.

Its ears and tail can wiggle and its eyes can show a hundred emoticons that will tell your kids how it feels like when they left it in the closet to play Wii (hint: the icon looks like a fist with its middle finger extended). It looks like Japan is getting it first in October for $75, so it looks like it will be home for Christmas