Today Arimaz announced the release of Pingo the Penguin, the first in a series of MyDeskFriend robotic toys. The device allows users to tap into their Facebook accounts and breathe life into their new buddy by giving it a name, a profile, a personality and control over it’s moods and daily life. So, it’s kind of like a social networking Tamagotchi, except Pingo isn’t completely needy and useless. UPDATED: Video and image added.
He can announce emails and messages from friends, read you the latest news weather and markets via RSS feeds, respond to your voice commands, connect you to your favorite websites and interact with other Pingo owners through Facebook. That’s a pretty full schedule, but he still finds time to amuse you by displaying his moods and rolling around on your desk like an idiot. At $149, Pingo isn’t cheap, but you can’t put a price on friendship right?
A FACEBOOK FRIEND YOU’LL NEVER IGNORE: MYDESKFRIEND, A TINY
ROBOTIC PENGUIN, PLAYS, READS, CONNECTS TO WEB AND FACEBOOK
A great gift for anyone passionate about latest in Internet-connected gadgets and robotic toys
New York, NY – Pingo is one Facebook friend you’ll never ignore.
Tiny and irresistibly cute, Pingo is the first official mydeskfriend, a tiny robotic penguin launching today at www.mydeskfriend.com.
An ideal holiday gift for anyone passionate about the latest in gadgets, robotic toys, and consumer electronics, the interactive playmate can zoom around desktops, express moods, respond to voice commands, sing songs, and read aloud email messages, headlines, stock quotes, and weather.
The device integrates into its owners’ Facebook account via a Facebook application that allows users to give their device its own name, profile, and personality, as well as nurture its moods and manage its daily life.
Owners can set mydeskfriend up to read RSS newsfeeds from their news sites and blogs, spoil it with food and vitamins from a Facebook gift page, and lull it to sleep by gently rocking it in their hands. Pingo can follow fingers around a desktop, while sensory devices ensure that it never falls off a desk when moving around on its own.
Friends who have their own devices can play and communicate via Facebook, including poking, sending messages, and giving Facebook gifts directly from one Pingo to another.
The device can fit in the palm of hand and displays its moods, like happy and angry, by changing the color of its LED-lit eyes.
mydeskfriend retails for $149.99 and is available for purchase at www.mydeskfriend.com. Orders must be placed before December 14th in order to arrive by December 23rd via priority delivery service. The device is compatible with the following systems: Mac OS (10.5 and 10.6), Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7.
mydeskfriend is developed by Arimaz, a Switzerland-based company specializing in creating entertainment robotic devices and Internet-connected toys.
“mydeskfriend is the first of a new generation of Internet-connected robotic devices,” said Pierre Bureau, the CEO of Arimaz. “It’s fun, entertaining, and helpful, keeping you connected to the Internet and Facebook even when you’re not online.”
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