written by: Kristina Dems•edited by: Elizabeth Wistrom•updated: 3/21/2011
Robotic pets provide you the perfect solution if you want a loyal and fun companion that does not require high maintenance. The best thing is you don't have to clean up after them.
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If your apartment does not allow you to have pets, or if you simply can't afford to maintain one, your next best option is to get any of the robotic pets available in the market. They come in different shapes and sizes, and they also have different features. Here are some of the most entertaining robotic pets which you can easily purchase online via Amazon.com.
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The Mio Pup does not just walk, move, groove and talk, it also shows virtual emotions via its eyes. It lets you know when it is sad, happy, excited or hungry. This ability to show virtual emotion is possible because of Emotronic technology that uses the signals it receives via its sensors and translates it to movement and images that show up in its eyes. These signals can be triggered by your touch and your movement. To add to its puppy image, a toy bone is included in the package. It is one of the closest thing to a real puppy you could ever play with. You can get it for $88.88.
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What's special with this robotic toy is that it can play music through its built-in speaker. All you have to do is plug it in your music player. You can even plug in your headphones if you don't want music blaring out of its speaker. It even reacts to music it hears. If you place it near a speaker, it will move along with the beat and it will flash different colors in its LED lights. Music is not the only thing that it responds to. The I-Dog Dance also obeys vocal commands that include “stay", “dance" and “tap paw". If you're a music lover, you will definitely find it very charming. You can buy it for $40.88.
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Tekno Robotic Puppy
Tekno stands above the rest of the robotic puppies available thanks to its artificial intelligence. Like most of the robotic dogs out there, it can bark, walk, cry and talk. It features some of the most basic puppy behaviors we all know and love. However, its artificial intelligence program allows it to learn and perform new tricks. Like a real dog, it lets you know if it's hungry or if it wants to play. He responds to your movements and your voice. It can even react when your house lights turn on, when it gets dark and even when someone is knocking on the door. You can get it for $229.97.
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WoWWEe Alive Panda Bear Cub Plush Robotic Toy
If you want your pet to be something unique, you might want to adopt a soft and cuddly baby panda in your home. This cuddly panda bear cub is capable of near realistic panda movements like moving its mouth when making panda sounds, blink its eyes, sleep and snore. With its touch sensor feature, this pet panda responds like a real baby bear when cuddled. This is a recommended present for kids at three years old and onward. You can get this ultimate panda bear cub with adoption certificate for only $34.99.
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D-Rex Interactive Dinosaur
If you want a unique experience with your robotic pet, you can skip the dog-based robotic pets out there and go for a dinosaur robot toys. The D-Rex responds to your touch and your voice just like the dog-based robotic pets. It can obey your commands just like a loyal robotic dog. Unlike those pets, though, the D-Rex will also attack when agitated, giving you a more dynamic and exciting experience with your robotic pet. This unique choice for a robotic pet can be bought for $89.99.