We were looking for something else entirely, but fate somehow lead us to this extremely well executed and documented step-by-step Pleo Robot Dinosaur tear-down. Keep in mind that their objective was to take it all apart, and they didn't plan to put Humpty Dumpty together again.
Innovo Labs just announced a special discount offer for robot fans that become friends of the Pleo Robot Dinosaur on Facebook.
Pleo, the robotic dinosaur, was showing off its stuff at CES 2010, and looks very much alive and well, even if there haven’t been any really compelling improvements or enhancements since Ugobe went bankrupt.
The robot’s changes, mentioned in the video clip below, include better paint, improved skin, and a new charger design.
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We normally think that robot and even toy development is a pretty dry academic process populated by researchers in labcoats wearing horn-rimmed glasses and pocket protectors. That might be true for some products, but the story behind the Pleo robot dinosaur is better suited for a prime time television mini-series. It’s not Desperate Housewives, but it’s close.
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We’re happy to report that Pleo, the cute green dinosaur robot originally created by UGOBE has been resuscitated, brought back from the dead actually, and is alive and well, just in time for Christmas, assuming you have deep pockets and can figure out what to do with the little creature.
Jetta, a.k.a. Innvo Labs, based in Hong Kong and Carson Nevada, bought the rights to the Pleo design, and has relaunched the product, and the Pleo World website, in hopes that the robot will gain enough public attention and interest to generate enough sales to recoupe their investment.
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Unfortunately Pleo prices here, even after Ugobe went bankrupt, are still much higher than the US. This poor Pleo will probably end up in a nearby recycle discount shop, or hacked for spare parts.