Some of us, as kids, were allergic to dogs. And what we wouldn't have given for a hypoallergenic robot pooch that followed us around, learned tricks and acted affectionate when we held it in our arms. Alas, such dogs didn't exist -- until now. Meet the Wowwee CHiP Robot Toy Dog, an automated pet that walks, barks and doesn't even need to be taken for walks while you hold a pooper scooper in your hand. Kids today have it lucky.
Nobody would mistake CHiP for a real dog. He looks like, well, a robot, but at least he looks like a robot doing a pretty good impression of his canine counterpart. CHiP responds to your touch, follows you around if you're wearing the included wrist band, and will nuzzle you if you kiss him on the nose. He'll play fetch with his magic Smartball. He'll let you know when he's hungry, beg for attention and explore his world with computerized vision and touch. He responds to his name and perks right up when you say, "Hey, CHiP!" In fact, he has an entire repertoire of built-in voice commands, like "Sit down" and "Come here." And, unlike Siri, he won't say, "I'm not sure I understand" if you garble your enunciation. (He probably won't do anything.)
You can use the smart band to reinforce his behavior, much the way you tell Pandora what music you like and what music you don't, giving CHiP the ability to adapt his personality over time to what you want a doggy to be. When he's tired (i.e., running out of battery life), he'll lie down in his Smartbed and go to sleep while recharging. It's not clear how CHiP would react to the presence of an actual dog around the house (or, more importantly, how the actual dog would react to him), but kids who can't have dogs will doubtlessly have hours of fun training CHiP to play tricks and blaming any household accidents on his occasionally erratic robot behavior.
If you've already got a dog and don't want a robotic approximation, you could entertain your kids with a Makeblock Codeybot, which will also do tricks and will slyly teach your children to program while they think they're merely playing.
My little boy loves this puppy! He's part of our family now!
The worst part is that the wheels are very loud and sounds like the old remote control cars.
Chip is awesome and easy to train. I love this product best gift I've ever purchased for my daughter.
We feel like we have a real dog. This product can enjoy all ages and it made my day by just watching on it!
Voice recognition struggles with higher voices.