Pleo is a robotic dinosaur designed to emulate the appearance and behavior of a week-old baby Camarasaurus. It was designed by Caleb Chung, the co-creator of the Furby, and is manufactured by Ugobe. Ugobe develops robotic technology to animate robots into lifelike creatures with organic movement and adaptable behaviors. Ugobe calls its robots “Life Forms,” powered by its “Life OS”.
Ugobe’s designs combined sensory, articulation, and neuronetics to create the lifelike appearance of its robots. In developing Pleo, Ugobe paid particular attention to the biological and neurological systems of the Camarasaurus, and “re-interpreted” those elements through hardware and software. Pleo was engineered by a group of robotics specialists, animators, technologists, scientists, biologists, and programmers. Pleo is intented to be a fun experience for everyone.
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. Discover Pleo’s emotions.
Let’s take a look inside Pleo
Pleo weighs 3.5 lbs and is 20.7″ long, 6.0″ wide and 7.5″ high.
Camera-based vision system (for light detection and navigation)
Two microphones, binaural hearing
Beat detection (allows pleo to dance and listen to music).