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Artificial Intelligence Hamsters

Robotic Zhu Zhu Pets are the New Elmo of This Holiday Season

— October 2, 2009 — Life-Stages
Move over Elmo; Zhu Zhu Pets are the toys to covet this holiday season. While we never expected it to happen (after all, who could deny Elmo?), these cute, cuddly, and artificially intelligent hamsters are on holiday wishlists everywhere.

Walmart and Target are already sold out of Zhu Zhu Pets. What makes them so special? First, their A.I. abilities, with a special code reader enables them to move and talk. They also have super-cute names like Pipsqueek, Mr. Squiggles, and Chunk, while Elmo is but one—albeit adorable—character (it’s not his fault!).

For kids who aren’t allowed to have their own pets, Huliq News puts it this way: “Zhu Zhu Pets are just like having real hamsters to care for, except they don’t eat, poop, smell, make a mess or die. If the batteries die, just buy more!”
Trend Themes
1. Artificial Intelligence Hamsters - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Develop customizable and interactive AI pet toys that provide the experience of owning a pet without the responsibilities.
2. Robotic Zhu Zhu Pets - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Create a line of robotic toys with AI capabilities that engage and entertain children.
3. Holiday Season Toy Craze - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Introduce new and exciting toy concepts with advanced features to capture consumer attention during the holiday season.
Industry Implications
1. Toy Manufacturing - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Incorporate AI technology into traditional toys to enhance play experiences and appeal to tech-savvy consumers.
2. Retail - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Develop strategies to meet the demand for popular toys during the holiday season and create unique shopping experiences.
3. Pet Care - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Design AI-powered pet products that simulate the experience of owning a pet, catering to individuals who are unable to have real pets.
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