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Archive for July, 2007

Released back in early 2005, we include Choro Mode Pet here due to its unique method of control. A little cable connects the small robotic pet to the headphone jack of a Japanese mobile phone. The pet is then controlled by the “sounds” of you pressing the keys. For example: 1 to go left, 2 […]

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Giga Pets return!

Hasbro (Tiger) has relaunched the famous Giga Pets from the early days of keychain pets. The new pets are available in several animals to suit both boys and girls (scorpion and  bunny shown here). They are much more rounded in appearance than the early pets. We include a photo here of the original Digital Doggie […]

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Hasbro is currently selling  a series of keychain virtual pets called Littlest Pet Shop Digital Pets. Each one has a nice snap at the top for attaching it to you backpack or belt loop, a charm indicating which pet it is, and two tools to care for the pet. The tools are typically a brush […]

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Test Tube Aliens from 4Kidz

We find these pets extremely interesting. Although somewhat basic, they reopen an old category (Sea Monkeys) and open a new one (direct Internet to virtual pet interaction via flashing lights) that may provide many opportunities for future virtual pet designers. The brief instructions below come from their online instruction manual. You can also watch a […]

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Password Puppies from Girl Tech

Girl Tech claims Password Puppies are the first voice activated virtual pet for girls. They can be named and trained by talking to them. The puppy can sit, roll over, and dance. It comes with a nice fold out stand and a few control buttons in a pawprint layout. The puppy will only respond to […]

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Aquapict Jellyfish from Banpresto

Banpresto’s Aquapict Jellyfish led light has been a huge hit in Japan.  Its sort of a mood light made from virtual aquarium that needs no attention. You just turn it on and three very lifelike jellyfish made of silicon randomly float around. Each aquarium contains 12 different colors of lights. After two hours, it automatically […]

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You can date 8 different partners of the opposite sex, each with their own personality ranging from mild to wild. You keep your partner happy by buying them gifts, giving them compliments, taking them out on dates, and doing things with them. If you want to dump them, give them bad presents and insult them. […]

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Panasonic showed a new fiber at the Tokyo Fiber 2007 Senseware Exposition in late June 2007. Other reports indicate it could have been introduced at a similar show in Omotesando in late April.  Panasonic’s new patent pending No-Constraints carpet available in white, brown, and a combination of white/black that looks like a skunk’s tail comes […]

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Back in the early days we thought caring for a virtual pet could be a training ground for caring for a “real” pet. Now we see things have gone one step further down the ladder. A bookstore in Fairhope Alabama is now offering a workshop on how to care for a virtual pet, more specifically, […]

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The QR Code at left says “Greetings from the Virtual Pets Blog. Help us encourage greater utilization of QR Codes in Virtual Pets.” QR Codes are basically two dimensional bar codes invented in Japan by Denso Wave. They can store several dozen to a few hundred times more information than ordinary bar codes. QR code […]

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