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Smartphone-Controlled Fake Pets

The OMNIBOT i-SODOG Lets You Raise a Dog via Your iPhone

— June 17, 2012 — Tech
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 in 2013 by the Japanese company Takara Tomy.

The OMNIBOT i-SODOG will be powered by 15 custom servo motors, and will be able to respond to voice commands and hand gestures. The robot dog will also feature a built-in motion detector, making it ridiculously lifelike. Takara Tomy's new robot will have a conventional controller, but it can also be controlled with a smartphone app. There is no word yet on the pricing of the OMNIBOT i-SODOG, but with all this advanced tech, it probably won't come cheap. Still, it's probably cheaper than buying and raising an actual dog.
Trend Themes
1. Robotic Pets - The rise of smartphone-controlled robotic pets presents disruptive innovation opportunities in the pet industry, allowing people to experience pet ownership without the challenges of allergies or pet restrictions.
2. Smart Home Pet Care - The integration of smartphone apps and robotic pet technologies opens up opportunities for disruptive innovation in the smart home industry, facilitating remote and convenient pet care for busy individuals.
3. Emotionally Responsive Robots - The development of emotionally responsive robotic pets like the OMNIBOT i-SODOG suggests that there is potential for disruptive innovation in the field of robotics and artificial intelligence, enabling companionship and support for individuals who may not be able to have real pets.
Industry Implications
1. Pet Industry - The introduction of smartphone-controlled robotic pets offers disruptive innovation opportunities in the pet industry, revolutionizing the way people interact with and care for animals.
2. Consumer Electronics Industry - The integration of smartphone apps and robotic pet technologies creates disruptive innovation prospects in the consumer electronics industry, enhancing the range of connected and interactive devices available to consumers.
3. Artificial Intelligence Industry - The development of emotionally responsive robotic pets like the OMNIBOT i-SODOG indicates potential disruptive innovation in the artificial intelligence industry, pushing the boundaries of human-robot interaction and emotional intelligence capabilities.
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