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Novamente has announced it will be showing a “teachable virtual companion” (virtual pet) in conjunction with the Electric Sheep Company at the Virtual Worlds Conference in San Jose in October 2007. These virtual pets are being designed to interact with avatars in virtual worlds such as Second Life. The pets are designed with certain goals […]

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This new tool for “real” pets is another example of handheld electronics similar those used in handheld games passing over to actual pet applications. The Hear Now company of Calgary, Alberta, Canada launched the “Hear Now” in 2006. It allows interactive two way voice communication with your pet at a range up to 12 miles. […]

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Recent times have been very good for Mattel. A 16 August 2007 Associated Press story points out sales of their Transformer and Spider man toys have been boosted by movies, plus they are still reaping sales from Pixar Animation Studio’s “Cars” movie.  Barbie sales are anticipated to pick up with the new MP3 player. Earlier, […]

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A 30 August 2007 Wall Street Journal article titled, “Is This Man Cheating on His Wife” discusses the real life challenges of a 53 year old man and his wife resulting from his actions in Second Life.  There (in Second Life) he has a wife, owns a mall, strip club, a dance club, and a […]

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Freeze Dried “Real” Pets

Pet Preservations is one of several firms that can freeze dry your “real” pet when it dies so it can remain on display in your home as sort of a “virtual” pet. They mention burial of pets is not an option in some locations, or you may move on later. Pet preservation is presented as […]

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Life Size Pix

25kids.com prints life size pictures of you, your kids, your pets, etc for sticking on your front lawn. I saw them this morning on one of the national news shows. They are printed in color on a plastic substrate to make them weatherproof. The company claims they will hold their colors outside for years. The […]

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A 6 August 2007 Associate Press report from Bangkok Thailand says policemen there who break the rules will be forced to wear hot pink armbands with “Hello Kitty” on them as a mark of shame.  Littering, arriving late to work, parking improperly, and similar violations will earn policemen the armband for a day. They hope […]

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A 1 August 2007 press release from Walt Disney Company reports Disney has acquired Club Penguin which now has over 700,000 paid subscribers and over 12 million activated users. Launched in October 2005, it grew very rapidly with little marketing effort. Club Penguin targets children 6 to 14 and features animated avatar penguins in a […]

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The ability to speak (voice) is now part of the main Second Life viewer per “The Second Life Voice Viewer is Live!” a 2 August 2007 post in the Second Life Blog. 45,000 plus viewers have downloaded and tested it. Voice is an optional feature and is turned off by default. It is available everywhere, […]

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Bowlingual, a small handheld device for interpreting the barks of your “real” dog was announced by a Takara press release on 10 June 2002. The Japan Acoustic Laboratory’s “Animal Emotion Analysis System” formed the basis for the invention. A database of voiceprints was developed for comparisons. Takara handled the planning and marketing. Dreams Come True, […]

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