The Best Present For a Geek! - Wink, Wink ;-)What am I getting for the holidays? At least two Pleo’s. What is a Pelo? Yea, it is one of those green dinosaurs.

Pleo is a ‘designer species’. He incorporates all the basic traits of autonomous life. He is specifically engineered and enhanced to mimic life and relate to his owner on a personal level.

Pleo is equipped with senses for sight, sound, and touch. He learns as he explores his environment. He will exhibit genuine reactions to sensory stimuli. Every Pleo begins life with certain tendencies but, interaction with his environment has subtle effects on his behavior. Every Pleo eventually exhibits a unique personality.

Pleo is capable of expression. He can feel joy and sorrow, anger and annoyance. When Pleo is tired, he will become drowsy and go to sleepóeven dream. Two or more Pleos will recognize one another. Be careful though. They can transmit colds to each other. Achoo! Pleo even sneezes!

Don’t believe the marketing speak? Check out this live demo at

The Pleobot blog reports that the Ugobe, makers of the Pleo, is taking pre-orders on December 24th. They will begin shipping in early March.

I posted a forum thread on this at Search Engine Roundtable Forums back in March of this year.

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