High-Tech Pet

Virtual animals cater to those looking for companions through high-tech means

Implications - With the busy day-to-day life of most adult consumers, making time to spend with others can be challenging. Seeking to acquire of love and affection without having to put in too much personal time, consumers are turning to virtual pets such as robotic dogs to fill the void of companionship. Digital pets combine the convenience of technology with the need to care for another, reflecting the need for more contemporary ways to engage in communal activities.
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Digital iPhone Dogs - The Bandai SmartPet Transforms a Smart Phone into a Loveable Companion
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Warm 8,223 Clicks Pub: Jun 20, 12
Digital iPhone Dogs
The Bandai SmartPet Transforms a Smart Phone into a Loveable Companion
Since cell phones have seemingly overtaken the canine companion’s traditionally held role of ‘man’s best friend,’ it only makes sense that the Bandai SmartPet would... [More]
Downloadable Digital Animals - These Digital Pets are a Sound Solution to the Real Thing
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Warm 5,292 Clicks Pub: Jan 21, 13
Downloadable Digital Animals
These Digital Pets are a Sound Solution to the Real Thing
Despite how these adorable digital pets appear in the images, they are not micro-beings. Instead, they are digital displays provided by a downloadable online application.  These interactive... [More]
Toy-Resurrecting Apps - The Tamagotchi iPhone App Lets You Relive Your Childhood
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Warm 2,637 Clicks Pub: Feb 22, 13
Toy-Resurrecting Apps
The Tamagotchi iPhone App Lets You Relive Your Childhood
Tamagotchi iPhone App—just mull the implications of this over for a second. If the word Tamagotchi brings back memories of childhood summers spent on beck and call for a needy pixelated pet... [More]
Furry Pet Robots - The Cuddlebot by Anna Flagg Creates an Emotional Connection with Users
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Mild 3,952 Clicks Pub: Feb 11, 13
Furry Pet Robots
The Cuddlebot by Anna Flagg Creates an Emotional Connection with Users
There are robots made to look disturbingly human, but there is yet to be a robot that looks like a real animal; the Cuddlebot by Anna Flagg, an artist and a computer scientist, may not be there yet,... [More]
Carefree Robotic Pet Fish - Enjoy Aquatic Critters without the Responsibility with Robo-Fish
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Mild 1,113 Clicks Pub: Oct 11, 12
Carefree Robotic Pet Fish
Enjoy Aquatic Critters without the Responsibility with Robo-Fish
If you want a pet but don’t think you have the time to look after it, the Robo-Fish will become your new best friend. Despite having a reputation for being one of the most low-maintenance... [More]
Smartphone-Controlled Fake Pets - The OMNIBOT i-SODOG Lets You Raise a Dog via Your iPhone
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Mild 1,526 Clicks Pub: Jun 17, 12
Smartphone-Controlled Fake Pets
The OMNIBOT i-SODOG Lets You Raise a Dog via Your iPhone
Pet allergies and overbearing landlords may keep you from getting a real dog, but they can’t keep you from owning an OMNIBOT i-SODOG. The i-SODOG is a robotic dog set to be released sometime... [More]
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