Tiny and irresistibly cute, Pingo is the first official mydeskfriend, a small robotic penguin launching today at www.mydeskfriend.com.
Pingo is the creation of Arimaz SA, a company active in the fields of entertainment robotics and interactive toys. Arimaz creates, develops and market products integrating the latest technologies in domains such as electronics, wireless communication and artificial intelligence.
“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.”
Touted as 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 sensor 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 US$149.99 and is available online. The device is compatible with the following systems: Mac OS (10.5 and 10.6), Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7.