Update- The Pleo was my trainer’s son’s toy– I’ve corrected my typo. And it seems I will be eating my words as my 4 year old son has been diagnosed with severe allergies to cats and dogs and I’m not considering other options. Will this make a suitable pet for children with allergies? I’ve always grown up with pets and to imagine my son’s life without the love of a cuddly pet is making me very distraught… any advice from our mom snobs out there?
My pilates trainer brought her son’s pet dinosaur Pleo to our session today. I was so disturbed by it and how she treated it– like it was a real puppy or something. She kept picking it up to cuddle and coo at it and told me with an earnest face that if Pleo does not have a nurturing environment, he will lash out and retreat or develop a mean personality. Uh okay.
Apparently it is an emotionally intelligent toy and has motion sensor cameras all over it to detect your movement and respond to your touch. Stroke his head and he’ll arch his back, touch his mouth and he’ll suckle on your finger, or call out to him or shine a light on him– he reacts the way we do– through his senses. He also plays tug of war, growls in response to your voice and shuffle alongside your tot to explore. All sounds great, right? Except it’s really really bizarre. From the site “Every Pleo is autonomous. Yes, each one begins life as a newly-hatched baby Camarasaurus, but that’s where predictability ends and individuality begins. Like any creature, Pleo feels hunger and fatigue – offset by powerful urges to explore and be nurtured. He’ll graze, nap and toddle about on his own -when he feels like it! Pleo dinosaur can change his mind and his mood, just as you do.”
Oh, and the Pleos will socialize and play with each other. I’m just wondering if one day they will plot to take over the park from their toddler masters. Creepy! What do you think of the Pleo? Creepy or Cuddly?
Me, I’d take the $349 and buy a real pet from the SCPA– why have a robot when you can save a real animal? At Pleoworld.