It's safe to say that these robotic animal companions represent the natural evolution of the pet. While dogs and cats themselves may never morph into robots through evolution, technology may render living and breathing four-legged friends useless in the years to come.
These robotic animal companions showcase both the march of technology and the world's fascination with domesticated animals. While robotic dogs may not knock off real dogs for a few years, it's still awesome to see how far they've advanced. The general rule of thumb is, the more advanced the design, the more it will cost consumers. This keeps the best robot pets from having a mass market appeal. Hopefully technology and cost-effectiveness will intersect sometime soon to provide pets for people with allergies and overbearing landlords.
From Dancing Robot Pets to Robot Animal Therapy
Wearable Robot Pets
A Friendly Robot That Sits On Your Shoulder and Helps Out
'Sakadachi Nian-Chan' by SegaToys is Much Like Getting a Real Cat
The G-Dog Servo Robot Does Everything But Crap on the Carpet
Robot Animal Therapy
Paro the Mechanical Baby Seal Helps Sick & Elderly Heal
Robotic Weight Loss Coach
Dancing Robot Pets
Tattooed iDod Amp'd, iCat, iCy and Ampbot
Robot Pet Vacuums
The Roomba Pet Series
Inud the Robo-Dog
Gupi the Robot Guinea Pig
The Next Tamagochi?
Interative Robot Pets
Sony Aibo ERS-7M2 $2000 Robotic Dogs