December 07, 2007
Dino Bot

Slashdot linked up the first of what I'm sure will be many reviews of the Ugobe Pleo. The verdict? Definite shortcomings, but also definite fun. The warning, "not for children under 8" is reiterated in the review, so I'll be taking it seriously and waiting a few years for upgrades and hopefully price reductions. But those of you with older kids won't have that limitation, so enjoy!

Update: Yeah, I know there's a video out there of someone torturing one of these things. As far as I'm concerned, people who torture children's toys for the fun of it aren't being clever or amusing, they're using the toy as a proxy for a child. Not cool, not cool one least little bit.

Posted by scott at December 07, 2007 02:30 PM

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Well I haven't seen the Vidoes (So your probably right)


I remember us melting army soldiers and tying them to bottle rockets way back when


Posted by: jeff on December 7, 2007 05:28 PM

Yeah, but then I was a child myself back then, and the toy was still a proxy for other children, specifically the ones who beat me up every day and my mother forbade me to fight back against in any way.

Posted by: Tatterdemalian on December 7, 2007 05:56 PM

The primary difference being, that toy army soldiers took it like the men they were, melting with the same fierce grimace they had when we pulled them out of the package. They didn't start out soft and cute, then thrashed around crying until they just died.

To me, it's the difference between taking out some poor bastard holding a rifle, and forcing a naked child onto a board across a pit.

But that's just me.

Posted by: scott on December 7, 2007 09:03 PM

I dunno. I have to say, I'd rather someone work out their inner demons on a robot, than keep them clammed up until they go berserk and wipe out a classroom full of little Amish girls.

"A.I.", for all its faults, had a pretty good idea of how humanoid robots will be used.

Posted by: DensityDuck on December 10, 2007 10:35 AM

Interesting point. However, I'd be more than a little worried someone doing this to a robot would be a candidate for "escalation" to the real thing. I'm thinking about how serial killers (as I understand it) are often cruel to animals before they "graduate."

I was going to say, "then again, since this is electronic it can report violence against it," but I remember how the EFF flip out each time someone posts anything about anyone, and I reconsidered.

Regardless, it's not something I want to see, and I think people who do it frequently need their heads examined.

Again, just my opinion :).

Posted by: Scott on December 10, 2007 10:50 AM

To me, this person who is torturing the toy has some issues. Taking your anger out on anything that resembles and animal is really sick. Go punch a freaking pillow.

Obviously this person wants to do this to a real animal, and who knows, he may have, but won't post that.

Posted by: ellen on December 10, 2007 02:50 PM

There are some definite issues there if one's torturing something like this. I can't see that there's any value to the behavior, nor any benefit to any species, so it's probably right out as acceptable.

Posted by: ron on December 10, 2007 04:19 PM
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