JAPAN: TOKYO: ROBOTIC DOG NAMED "POO-CHI" (2)
Date: 01/18/2000 05:00 AM
XFA Tokyo, Japan - 18th January 2000 + File
APTN - Tokyo, Japan - 18th January 2000
00.00 Close up of Poo-Chi singing
00.05 Close up woman's face as she pets Poo-Chi
00.07 Medium shot woman petting Poo-Chi
00.12 Close up of Poo-Chi's eyes
00.17 Close up Poo-Chi sitting
00.21 Wide shot press conference
00.24 Mid shot journalist photographing Poo-Chi
00.26 Wide shot press conference
00.30 SOUNDBITE (English) Les Forgham, International Manager, Tiger Electronics UK
00.36 Close up Poo-Chi barking
00.39 Mid shot woman photographing Poo-Chi
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00.44 Children in classroom playing with Sony AIBO
00.48 Close up Sony AIBO
00.52 Close up children playing with dog
00.55 Mid shot children playing with dog
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VOICED BY: Louise Bates
Robot dogs have taken a walk closer to the ordinary household as game manufacturer SEGA unveiled its new robot dog "Poo-Chi" in Tokyo.
Like many recent robots coming out of Japan, the small metallic canine can sense human movement and responds by barking and singing.
But Poo-Chi's real selling point is the price - it retails at just 2,980 yen (29 U-S Dollars), making the amiable android a feasible addition to the average family.
His name is Poo-Chi and he represents the latest salvo in the toy manufacturers' battle to produce the first mass-produced domestic robot.
The games company, SEGA, is hoping Poo-Chi will delight children by barking, singing, sitting and standing in response to being petted by its master.
But they're also hoping he'll be a hit with parents with his price tag of a mere twenty-nine U-S dollars.
And all involved are making some confident claims to support that.
"Poo-Chi is a wonderful robot dog. He has real emotions just like my little dog back home called 'Yorkie'."
SUPERCAPTION: Les Forgham, International Manager, Tiger Electronics UK
SEGA executives believe the price will ensure Poo-Chi steals a lead on robots produced by rival manufacturers in what's a highly competitive market.
When Sony Japan started selling their canine cyber pet, AIBO, last year, it sold out in just one day.
Children loved it but AIBO retailed in American stores at around two and a half thousand U-S dollars.