This Cute Little Pet Is A Robot

And Sony is betting robotic pets could soon be as hot as video games

Toshi T. Doi, Sony Corp.'s leading computer engineer, is obsessed with robots. Not the legless slaves that toil in Japan's car and VCR factories, but autonomous creatures that can navigate their environment and respond to changes. Doi's small, third-floor lab is a breeding ground for robotic pups taking their first wobbly steps, chasing balls, and barking for attention. "We're getting ready for the age of digital creatures," says Doi.

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