SmartPet can walk around, sit up, wag its tail and respond to its owner using voice recognition, gesture commands and the touchscreen
SmartPet recently impressed judges at the 2012 Tokyo Toy Show, where it scooped the innovative toy category award
The Bandai SmartPet has 100 combinations of facial expressions and body movements, to respond to various user stimuli
The Bandai SmartPet, which measures 6.7 x 6.7 x 4.3 inches (170 x 170 x 110 mm), is available in black or white
SmartPet will cost around US$100, and Bandai thinks 20 to 40-year-olds will be typical buyers
It's said that dogs are man's best friend, but in recent years it feels like pooches have lost this role to ever-present and reliable smartphones. So, it shouldn't come as much of a surprise that someone has combined the two. The SmartPet is a toy which, with the addition of your iPhone, becomes a cartoon-faced pet dog robot.
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