Saturday, November 03, 2012
Japanese Bandai, the company that in 1996 introduced the classic virtual pet Tamaguchi, has released a new digital toy, TechPet, an app-based robotic dog that works with an iPhone or iPod. TechPet is aimed at young children, many of whom are adept at using an iPhone at a very early age. It is powered by a free iTunes App and the basic functions work with just the App. Download the TechPet app, dock an iPhone in the robotic doggy frame, and turn your phone into the cartoon face of a canine that’s eager to be fed via touchscreen. This puppy even recognizes gestures and verbal commands via the phone’s camera and microphone.