I can’t decide whether this new robotic dog is adorable or creepy

SAN JOSE, Calif.—Dog owners have the daily, wonderful experience of being greeted at the door by a furry thing that loves them. The rest of us, who are too busy or too allergic for a pet, have historically missed out on this. Rejoice, you sad, dog-less people, technology is coming to the rescue. Meet CHiP, a toy robot designed by WowWee Robotics. He made his debut today at the RoboBusiness Conference in San Jose, California. CHiP looks like the robo-offspring of a cat and dog. He is location-aware, thanks to GPS, and can “see” and react to the world around him, thanks to infrared and Bluetooth sensors—so he won’t run into walls or fall down stairs. There’s no camera in him, but he comes with a sensor-embedded ball he can…


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