If you were impressed with WowWee’s Dog-E, I am sure KEYi Tech’s Loona would leave you floored. The innovative robotic company from China has introduced a petbot that’s a mix of adorable and functional.
If you’ve always dreamt of having a dog or a feline but couldn’t because you are prone to allergies, this pet toy is specifically meant for you. It can play fetch, respond to gestures, and even run toward you just like a real pet. The small, yet cute petbot will melt your heart and be the perfect companion you’ve longed for.
Diving into the technicalities, the company has slapped an LCD screen on Loona’s face that brings out the expressive personality of the home robot. In addition to basic features, the petbot also has two emotive digital eyes. These make communication between you and your robot pet more natural. Not to mention, the same eyes also function as a camera helping you with home surveillance.
Integrated with four microphones and touch sensors in its body, Loona will respond to your verbal and gesture commands. The brushless DC motor allows it to move faster and smoother while the 3D ToF radar sensor avoids obstacles and lets the robot plan its own trajectory.
The battery-operated device will cost you $349 and can be pre-ordered on the company’s website. While the company calls it the most intelligent pet robot, I’d refrain from using such a term. I’d rather call the petbot, playful and affectionate.
On a personal note, I find it very disheartening that we are becoming a generation that’s lonely, depressed, and anxious. The worst part about all this is that we don’t even make efforts to gel with other humans, share our emotions and console each other.
Social media which was supposed to bury our boredom and connect us with people worldwide has sadly become a tool that disrupts our sleep and exposes us to bullying. On top of it all, we have become so lethargic that we don’t want to invest in a relationship with a pet too, leave humans aside.
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Trapped inside the matrix, the Loona petbot is a gadget that could potentially help you overcome stress and anxiety. It’s a single-time investment and you don’t need to fund any expensive pet or be afraid of allergies. The petbot won’t spread any disease other than making you a tool of its toll. You can sit on your couch drinking beer, wearing your VR goggles, and call your ‘fake pet’ to watch a game alongside, while it does something dumb only to make you feel more numb.