VSL:KIDS // This dinosaur puts Barney to shame

Caleb Chung — who created the über-adorable Furby — introduces Pleo: a miniature camarasaurus that’s sure to become the standard-bearer for robot toys.

Pleo looks and acts cute, which is all you can really ask for in a robotic dinosaur at this end of the 21st century. But if you want to ask for a camera-based vision system, binaural hearing, multiple touch and force-feedback sensors, a USB port for online downloads, and an SD card slot for future update, you won’t be disappointed, either. Our verdict? Despite the daunting sticker price ($349 for the starter kit), Pleo’s an amazing invention, and the fascinating movies you’ll find on the website are worth watching whether or not you’re looking to buy.

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