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As a child, I always wanted to have a dog of my own. My step sisters had a dog at their mother's house but I didn't have one and I guess that always made me a bit on the jealous side. One Christmas, my step dad then decided he couldn't put up with the winging any more and bought me a robotic dog, which was probably the best present I received that Christmas.
It wasn't exactly a big thing, only being about 30cm tall and having a remote control attached to it (I always stated it was a lead, though, not a remote control!). It was clearly nothing like a real dog at all. Sure, it had four legs, a tail (that I think actually ended up snapped off) and a head with floppy ears, but it was plastic which meant that you couldn't really sit there and stroke it or play with it.
Still, it served the purpose at the time and I was quite happy with it. For the few months that I played with it non-stop, I guess it was worth the money, which I am told was about £10 at the time. What added to the cost though was the fact that the batteries would wear out at least once every week. Whether this was because of the amount I was using it or simply because it wasn't very economical with batteries, I don't know. But I would say my parents probably resented having to pay out a further £10 or so to keep the thing going.
I would say that the recommended age for this product is probably about 6-10 years, although the 6 year old would most probably get more out of it than the 10 year old as it simply doesn't do enough to keep an older child amused for long. I think I was about 8 or 9 at the time when I was bought one of these, and it was a great present for me at the time as someone who wasn't all that interested in playing on the computer or watching the TV - it gave me something new to play with that was a bit more interactive than the ordinary cuddly toys I had - but if your child is more interested in gaming and TV I would imagine it wouldn't keep them amused for as long as it did me. One of my friends had the same robotic dog at the same time as me but he soon ditched it in favor of his play station, anyway.
I'd give this product 3 stars out of 5 because of the fact that it ate batteries way too quickly and didn't really do much that should've really taken the batteries so fast either.
I first saw this little doggie in a window, but it didn't have a waggly tail. I wondered how much the little doggy in the window cost, and hoped that the doggy was for sale. I wanted to buy it for my brothers birthday present, because I'm cheap, and so was this. The 'robotic pet dog' cost about £5, and I guess in some ways was worth the money, however, I wouldn't have paid any amount over this price. When I saw it in the window (I did actually see it there...) I wanted to see what it did. It was apparently a 'robot', so what would it do? A robot is a device which operates automatically or by remote control, so when I saw it was only 5 pounds, I thought I had found a bargain. No, I hadn't. I was a little disappointed to find that it didn't work on it's own, but had a sort of 'mouse' attached to it (like a computer mouse...) and by pressing the button on it, it would move, once. To make it move again, you would have to keep pressing down on the button. I got finger cramp. Ok, so it doesn't need feeding, or taking for walks, but it does bark...if you can be bothered to press the button...and in my mind, it is a little tacky and won't catch on. In other words, the perfect present for my brother.
Sony have recently made a brand spanking new robotic dog called Aibo. He is going to retail for £1800.00. He (the dog of course) is very cute looking and he is just as good when it comes to his features. Aibo, which separates him from other robotic dogs, has the ability to learn. For example, if he is looking at his pink ball and you hit him on the head he will learn to in future not look at the ball ever again. However, if you pat him gently on the head, he will look at the ball even more and may even play with it later on. Aibo is absolutely fantastic. He can even be controlled by remote control so you can tell him to do things. You can even buy a machine that lets you create your own tricks. He has a touch sensor on his head and has a colour digital camera inside him so he can see where he is going. There are so many things you can do with Aibo. It is like having a real dog but without all the mess. However, everything has its downside and in the end the price Sony are asking is ridiculous. But, if you have a spare 1800 quid just lying around, this is the toy to buy.
Okay dogs are hard work and expensive. All of that effort and work is worth it. You cannot stroke a robot dog! It has no fur! It does not need taking out for walks! It is a piece of plastic! I do not see what pleasure can be got out of one of these fake dogs. I am not saying for people to all go out and buy real dogs because then there would be more strays. I am just saying that these dogs are not pets; they may give a six year old some amusement but nothing more than that.
Poo-Chi is the latest craze to be sweeping the country, I would imagine a lot of children want one for Christmas. Poo-Chi is an interactive puppy that just wants to be loved. The more you care for your Poo-Chi the more content and happier he will be. His head, ears, legs and mouth move and he can also sit, stand and dance on his tiptoes, just like a real puppy. Just like a normal puppy you will have to feed him, to do this you must use a special bone, don't worry though Poo-Chi will let you know when he is hungry. Poo-Chi can also sense light, sound and touch and he will react differently to each situation he is posed with. If that's not enough Poo-Chi can sing songs and interact will other Poo-Chi's. This may sound a bit sad but I bought a Poo-Chi for my 2 dogs, and they absolutely love it, especially when he sings, in a way it's brought the 2 of them closer together, they both play with Poo-Chi thus making a bond with each other. The Poo-Chi is aimed at children and no doubt about it they will love there Poo-Chi, this would make a great Christmas present for any young child, they would get hours of enjoyment from it. The Poo-Chi isn't expensive they cost £24.50. There are 2 other interactive puppies on sale at the moment Dog E and Teksta both are more expensive than the Poo-Chi. Both have a lot more features for example Dog E is remote control and Teksta can be taught lots of tricks by downloading them from there internet site. In my opinion Poo-Chi is the best value.
Not worth buying unless your kids are quite young, from the age of 7 to about 11 yrs of age. I bought this dog for a laugh really, as I thought that it would be pretty good, but it is very simple, and not stimulating enough. It comes in several colours. It responds to a touch button, it responds to its bone, and to noise. It cannot walk, it can sing, it sleeps, it can stand up and sit down. If you were looking for the closest robotic dog simulator, than the Sony one would be more ideal. But ideal would set u back over a grand!
This is the first widely commercially robot dog. It takes the idea of electronic pets such as Tamachochi’s and Furby’s to another level. The hi-tech hound can perform almost all the tricks your real life dog can and it would cost you pounds in treats (batteries however are a different matter!!) Teska can sing, dance and even break wind!! You don’t even need to get a pet passport for it so it so you can buy one for the your children if you have to leave your dog in a kennel when you go on holiday. I have a Teska called Rex, and just like its counterpart the dog it is mans best friend.