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Tuesday, June 5, 2007


Pleo Dinosaur - A note about customization

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As we await the arrival of Pleo and work on getting the portal ready for you, I will update this blog regularly with interesting bits about Pleo.

Ugobe has stated on more than one occasion that they plan to provide a developer's kit for modifying or hacking Pleo, at some point in the future. This will be great news for all the hardware hackers out there that will want to turn Pleo into their own unique flavor of dinosaur robot. Caleb Chung, Ugobe's founder and lead inventor, has indicated that they want Pleo to not only be a best selling artificial pet, but a platform for the creativity of other developers to harness. Chris Taylor, in his Future Boy blog, reaffirms this plan for Pleo's hackability in a quote from Caleb that came from an interview he had with him at the Churchill club. He cites Caleb has stating:

"There is a huge community that wants to repurpose Pleo. They’ll be able to adjust his personality, even make him bipolar. For Pleo, emotions are a second-order control system. "
I will report on any further Pleo related news pieces that pop up in Chris Taylor's blog. Check out his blog yourself, especially if you like reading entertaining and well written tech blogs.

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