Pleo is a cute little robot dinosaur that acts like a living pet. It explores, learns, makes dinosaur noises, munches on (plastic) leaves, and demands that you give it your total, exclusive, unfettered attention.
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Pleo is designed to emulate the appearance and behavior of a week-old baby Camarasaurus.
Baby dinosaur robot Pleo was invented by Caleb Chung, who had co-invented Furby in 1998. Chung's company Ugobe, based in in Emeryville, Calif. (later renamed Pleoworld), shipped Pleo in late 2007, priced at US $349. The robot featured two 32-bit and four 8-bit microprocessors, 14 motors, a camera, two microphones, eight sensors under its rubberized skin, a tilt sensor, an infrared mouth sensor, fourteen force-feedback sensors, and four switches in its feet. In 2011, a new version of Pleo, called Pleo Reborn, was introduced by Innvo Labs, featuring upgraded software and user interactivity. The company's website currently lists the robot as "temporarily out of stock."