A child is received over by using Pleo the robotic dinosaur at CES 2014.
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LAS VEGAS — It was once an unforgettable scene: A crowd of smiling folks gathered round a desk on the exhibit ground observing a charming, animated, and reasonable inexperienced robotic dinosaur referred to as Pleo for the first time.
Was once this CES 2014? No, it used to be Maker Faire Austin 2007, and Pleo was once eventually having its public coming out birthday celebration after first being unveiled at the Demo conference in early 2006.
Wait, although. It was once CES 2014. Certainly, if you stroll the flooring of the Robotics part of the large client electronics exchange exhibit right here this week, you’ll see Pleo, as charming and real looking (and inexperienced) as ever, warming the hearts of the numerous folks strolling by means of who had by no means considered it ahead of.
However right here’s the factor. Whereas Pleo made very large waves in 2007 and 2008 when its producer Ugobe introduced it out, it quickly pale from view, sufferer of a horrible economic system and Ugobe’s failure as a potential trade. So what is the lovable dinosaur — now additionally wearing crimson or blue pores and skin — doing on the ground of the Las Vegas Conference Heart all these years later, being offered as if it is a model-new product, and certainly convincing many that it is?
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