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Robot Cat 'NeCoRo'

michael posted more than 12 years ago | from the robot-mice-still-under-development dept.

Toys 197

Ssmoimo writes: "Omron's robot pet developing department chief Toshihiro Tashima introduces "NeCoRo" in Tokyo Tuesday. The robotic cat will go on sale in November for about $1,530." Chris DiBona said it was "freaky", and I think that's as good a description as any. You can see this thing sucking the breath out of a small child, can't you?

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197 comments

The only bad thing about this cat... (2)

antdude (79039) | more than 12 years ago | (#2440469)

You can't train them and they don't move like Sony Aibo. :(

Re:The only bad thing about this cat... (-1, Troll)

posmon (516207) | more than 12 years ago | (#2440560)

but when you get sick of it you can still put it in a bag and drown it

Re:The only bad thing about this cat... (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2440674)

this cat can't be trained?

REAL cats can't be trained.

Re:The only bad thing about this cat... (1)

non2100 (527304) | more than 12 years ago | (#2440713)

nope. but this cat can't walk!! :(

Re:The only bad thing about this cat... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2440719)

Real cats can be trained (mine talks to me to ask stuff, and stands up to beg for treats), they're just not as clueless as dogs to learn whatever crap you want them to learn.

Re:The only bad thing about this cat... (-1)

CmdrTaco on (468152) | more than 12 years ago | (#2440815)

I had a dog that ate shit. I've been a cat person ever since.

Turdss (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2440471)

turds and ham.

yum!

FURST POST (-1)

Illuminatis (411427) | more than 12 years ago | (#2440474)

BIATCHZ~~~

Re:FURST POST (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2440507)

Well, took a day off university today just to try and get first post, no luck so far, you son of a bitch.

FIX YOUR GRAMMAR (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2440553)

Say "just to try to get first post"
not "just to try and get first post"

Re:FIX YOUR GRAMMAR (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2440562)

Your right, although i did mean to say "just to try and get a first post".

Thanks anyway, Mr AC Grammar Troll.

This may have its uses (1)

Heph_Smith (513724) | more than 12 years ago | (#2440477)

I wonder if my girlfriend would notice if I swaped her cat for one of these.

Re:This may have its uses (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2440523)

Why...what have you done to it? Or does it dislike you? :)

Re:This may have its uses (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2440561)

Wouldn't surprise me if he tried to have sex with it. Damn Slashdotters always fucking some animal up the ass.

It's true. (-1)

CmdrTaco on (468152) | more than 12 years ago | (#2440830)

Most slashdot nimrods hate cats because they don't submit as easily as dogs. But I just think the guy's lying. Slashdotters don't have girlfriends (the human kind).

Re:This may have its uses (0, Troll)

Darth Paul (447243) | more than 12 years ago | (#2440554)

I wonder if Dr Evil would notice if I swapped his cat for one of these.

Dr Evil: Mr Bigglesworth, attack Mr Bond!
Cat: meow...
Dr Evil: Mr Bigglesworth, attack Mr Bond!
Cat: purr....
Dr Evil: That's it, you're fired!
Mini-me: <giggle>...

Since i'm the first... (1, Funny)

Tha_Zanthrax (521419) | more than 12 years ago | (#2440478)

Imagine a beowolf-cluster of these !!

Re:Since i'm the first... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2440492)

Let's hope you don't last.

Vocabulary (1)

Cheetah86 (136854) | more than 12 years ago | (#2440486)

From the website:
Its "vocabulary" includes 48 different cat noises
And all this time I thought it was just meows, purrs and growls.

Re:Vocabulary (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2440598)

Apparently you've never experienced a Maine Coon cat. They're not just the biggest cats you can find, but also the most vocal ones. They have a wide range of chirrups and meows, and once they have you trained you know pretty well what they mean by each one ;)

I don't get it (4, Funny)

Frac (27516) | more than 12 years ago | (#2440487)

They cost more than Aibos, they do less, and they look like pets owned by the Children of the Corn [yahoo.com] .

eeyyaahh!!!!

Damn, now I've got the willies... (2)

wirefarm (18470) | more than 12 years ago | (#2440566)

Should have named them "Robo-cat" - that one on the right is about as appealing as Arnold Schwartzeswhatzis...
Of course, most of the cats in Tokyo *are* deformed, so they didn't have good examples to work from...

Cheers,
Jim in Tokyo

Re:Damn, now I've got the willies... (2)

BitwizeGHC (145393) | more than 12 years ago | (#2440712)

heh... one time when Schwarzenegger was on Saturday Night Live they did a Terminator parody called "Tooncinator", featuring a robotic version of Toonces the Driving Cat. It looked just like those creatures.

Re:Damn, now I've got the willies... (2)

Alpha State (89105) | more than 12 years ago | (#2440765)

It is called "Cat-Robot" (in Japanese). There's a conversation starter you can use while you're in Tokyo - "Atarashii Neko-ro wa chotto okashii desu ne?"

BTW, I'm sure this will be a flop - at least in the west. The great Japanese ideas are never heard about until they are everywhere, and they seem to ration them to only one per company.

Re:I don't get it (2)

Flower (31351) | more than 12 years ago | (#2440856)

Well, I gotta admit I did look at this article before my morning coffee and I was going "Huh? NecroCat? Wha?" Then I went to the website and got a look at the thing and sure enough it looked like someone had taxidermy Fluffy.

Must be the new pet sidekick for Spawn or something.

realism (5, Funny)

zephc (225327) | more than 12 years ago | (#2440493)

as someone stated above, they dont move and you cant train them.... so they emulate real cats perfectly

Re:realism (4, Insightful)

s390 (33540) | more than 12 years ago | (#2440599)

as someone stated above, they dont move and you cant train them.... so they emulate real cats perfectly

I realize it's funny, but cats conserve their energy because when then move, they move fast, expending a lot of energy. They're also rather small, so it's a lot more energy for a cat to run full-tilt than it is for a human. I'm told that a cat playing expends 100 times more energy, relatively, than a person playing similarly. I have a few cats and it was amazing to watch them play in the yard, slide down railings, climb the tree up to 50 feet or more (and get down safely), and generally just be cats. They're indoors cats now, but they do play with each other and they all love it when I can play with them.

And it's not true that cat's aren't trained. They don't do "tricks" - I haven't gotten any to fetch back anything thrown yet (but I hope to). Rather, cats adapt to their owner(s) with the objectives of: (1) safety, (2) food, and (3) attention, with this last confirming the continuance of the first two. In this, they've got the basics of human relationships down pretty well (though this might sound cynical, it's true). Some cats are rather intelligent creatures.

The robot cats seem very... Japanese. No individual personality. They don't play. They don't follow one around. They don't crave attention. Who would want them, except perhaps as very expensive bookends or doorstops? Maybe in Japan where personal space is measured in square centimeters?

I'll keep my real cats. It's rather nice to be greeted each morning and evening by a bright and confident cat. Easier than people (yes, I have those too).

Re:realism (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2440610)

Yes, but when your real cat(s) dies..

Re:realism (0)

32xts (163190) | more than 12 years ago | (#2440843)

...you can remove the fur and put it on one of these robot cats instead.

Re:realism (0, Troll)

zephc (225327) | more than 12 years ago | (#2440614)

i actually agree, I love cats, I find them to be endlessly entertaining, and great little friends =]

Re:realism (1)

dragonfly_blue (101697) | more than 12 years ago | (#2440723)

My older cat wheezes (he's a bit chubby) after he's done playing for a while.

My younger cat fetches. I'm serious, too; my wife taught him how to retrieve crumpled-up paper, and they play fetch together for upwards of 10 minutes a day.

It's weird to watch cats walking around carrying things in their mouths.

Re:realism (2, Funny)

AnalogBoy (51094) | more than 12 years ago | (#2440868)

I have two cats. One cat has a cloaking device (it tends to find amazing hiding spaces, when there arent any!) and the other one disguises itself as a cow.

Re:realism (1)

strawdog (204777) | more than 12 years ago | (#2440772)

I'm sorry but those are the most sinister / disturbing looking things I have ever seen.
sheeesh.

Deja vu (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2440494)

Spotted on memepool.com a FEW DAYS AGO, the NeCoRo is evidence of someone desperate to get a story onto Slashdot.

Read memepool, it's good for ya. But leave its stories there.

ssmoimo@hotmail.com and tell him what you think of his Whoring buisness.

Re:Deja vu (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2440544)

Not all of us read memepool you know. So what if this story was already there? I think it's interesting and I didn't know about it before now.

This is too..... (0, Flamebait)

Blackneto (516458) | more than 12 years ago | (#2440495)

Expensive to kick, and it won't go for antifreeze.
Won't catch mice.
On the positive it won't spread litter. go into heat or cost you for vet bills.

HeeHeeHee-That tickles! (2, Insightful)

shredds (241412) | more than 12 years ago | (#2440496)

I'm all about cats, but isn't this just a skinned version of tickle-me-elmo?
No wait, tickle-me-elmo could move!

Re:HeeHeeHee-That tickles! (0)

Flakeloaf (321975) | more than 12 years ago | (#2440757)

It's exactly like an Elmo: In two years the cat will stop purring and instead repeat the "You winna! Ha-ha-ha" quote from Bart's pachinko machine.

The prize? A real cat.

Oh why oh why.... (0, Offtopic)

tomknight (190939) | more than 12 years ago | (#2440497)

...do I feel compelled to ask:


Tom.

Re:Oh why oh why.... DOH! (1)

tomknight (190939) | more than 12 years ago | (#2440519)

More like: why oh why I why didn't I press "Preview"?

Oh well, it was only the standard "But will it run Linux?" gag.

Tom.

Re:Oh why oh why.... DOH! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2440533)

Mod this clown down just for his sheer stupidity.

Asswipe are you! He he he he!

Re:Oh why oh why.... DOH! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2440539)

I can't help but agree with you there, chum.

Tom.

Real cats are lovely (2, Insightful)

tuxisuau (454310) | more than 12 years ago | (#2440498)

Cats are the best pets you can have. They are perfect... robotic replacements maybe better for dogs, not for cats.

Re:Real cats are lovely (0, Flamebait)

lukew (528994) | more than 12 years ago | (#2440541)

Cats are lazy, apathetic creatures that are masters of manipulation. They will do absolutely nothing, and won't want to know you unless you have food for them, or something for them to attack. The only exceptions are the stupid cats.. the ones that want to show you love all the time, and chase inanimate objects. Now they are cool.

Re:Real cats are lovely (1)

diadem (464192) | more than 12 years ago | (#2440664)

Part of the joy of cats is that they show some sort of intelegence. Having a cat with a total lack of courisity, having a cat that gives no responce to any stimuli other than direct touch, and having a cat that dosen't even chase a ball of yarn removes most of the "cat" aspect of it.

For example, I have a "stupid" cat. However, even he shows some sort of intelegence that supprises me once in a while. This can be something as simple as putting his paw under a slightly open door and using his claws to pull it open once he has a good position. Things like that make me smile. A cat will watch you and try to see how things work.

Also, the name is disconserting. I am aware that Neko means cat. I'm sure pretty much everyone does this day in age. However, Necro means death, and thats what the name sounds like. I suppose thats what this bucket of bolts is - a cat that's dead inside.

So Where Do I Put My Keycard? (0, Offtopic)

bobdown2001 (528975) | more than 12 years ago | (#2440499)

"Omron, known for sensor technology used in products from factory tools to automatic tellers"

MEEEOOOOOWWW!!!!

This is a bit too weird for me. (3, Insightful)

jedrek (79264) | more than 12 years ago | (#2440500)

I understand the Tamagotchi's appeal: It's a little gadget that reacts to different stimulii with a limited range of responses. But it's small, pocket sized, and is actually a social tool as it is quite a conversation piece.

I understand the AIBO's appeal. It's the uber-geek toy of choice. A small, robotic dog that runs around and yips. Great, we can all live out SF fantasies when the lone hero returns to his one room apartment and is greeted by his voluptous holographic host and his robotic dog.

But this... this is a bit sick. Neither the AIBO nor Tamagotchi try to do what this cat is doing: imitate a living being. This is a bit disconcerning. The older gadgets were far enough removed from reality that no one was going to mistake them for something real.

That's not something that I can say about a cat that has a 'fake-fur skin that expands and contracts with its various body movements and facial expressions.' Maybe I'm just bitching, but this doesn't "feel right".

Spectacular!! (4, Funny)

beowulf_26 (512332) | more than 12 years ago | (#2440511)

(/me pulls out his best announcer voice)

Now introducing a cat without that litterbox smell! Sure, it doesn't move, and YES it lacks all the compassion and warmth of a real cat! And it's all yours for the new introductory price of $1,530. That's only FIVE TIMES more expensive than the real cat!

the only warm cat is a burning cat (1)

counsell (4057) | more than 12 years ago | (#2440596)

YES it lacks all the compassion and warmth of a real cat!
"compassion and warmth"? Have you ever kept a cat? Have you seen "Cats and Dogs". Have you discussed this with any neighbourhood rodents?

Re:the only warm cat is a burning cat (-1, Flamebait)

fredrik70 (161208) | more than 12 years ago | (#2440617)

Had cats all my life. Yes they're very friendly creatures AND a will of their own, now dogs....uh don't wanna go there... ;-)

Re:the only warm cat is a burning cat (1)

diadem (464192) | more than 12 years ago | (#2440671)

Have a pet hampster. Have a pet cat. Cat kill's pests, leaves hampster alone (even when hampster escapes from cage).

Cat needs effection. Granted it gets bitchy if it doesn't get any, but it needs effection. S I'd have say I disagree with you there.

Re:Spectacular!! (1)

bpowell423 (208542) | more than 12 years ago | (#2440630)

Only FIVE TIMES more expensive than a real cat? Man, I should have let that female cat I had keep having kittens! At $306 for each REAL cat, I'd be rich by now!

Really, $1530 for a fake cat? I thought the Japanese economy has been in recession for more than a decade... Maybe now we know why... they're spending all their money on artificial pets rather than, say, anything important.

Re:Spectacular!! (1)

-brazil- (111867) | more than 12 years ago | (#2440837)

Maybe now we know why... they're
spending all their money on artificial pets rather than, say, anything important.


You don't understand: economy-wise, as long as you do spend, it doesn't matter the least little bit what it's for. That's how consumerism works.

Confusion... (1)

beowulf_26 (512332) | more than 12 years ago | (#2440726)

It seems some of you have misread what I wrote...

I said "it lacks all the compassion and warmth of a real cat!"

As far as I know, when I speak of a robot lacking the compassion and warmth of a real cat, it means that real cats HAVE compassion and warmth. My statement implies this.

Sure, I'm programmer, and my grammatical skills aren't the best. But I just confirmed it with an English professor for a BigTen school who said the statement was perfectly normal.

I do not hate cats. I enjoy the company of my cat, Monet, very much.

Re:Spectacular!! (1)

dragonfly_blue (101697) | more than 12 years ago | (#2440742)

You paid how much for your cat? Hell, I'd pay you to come take my cats.

NeCoRotic? (1)

_Gnubie_ (14485) | more than 12 years ago | (#2440512)

Maybe I'm just a little warped but the name NeCoRo instantly popped up "Necrotic" in my mind. I was half wondering when the the article would mention that these things had real cat skin or something. Either way it's freaky.



What's wrong with a real pet? Dogs in particular. you can get them for nothing at a pound and they will love you back. Why have an expensive emulation that doesnt even come close when you can have the real thing. Yes pets can be messy but they can be trained you know

Real pets are not toys (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2440529)

You need to be able to care for them. NeCoRo is just a funny toy that you can play with a few weeks and then put in the closet.
I'd like people to think more before adopting a pet. If you won't be able to be at home for them, you should consider other options.

Re:Real pets are not toys (2)

JatTDB (29747) | more than 12 years ago | (#2440689)

At $1500, it damn well better be cool enough to keep me interested for more than a few weeks.

Re:NeCoRotic? (2)

Tiroth (95112) | more than 12 years ago | (#2440582)

I'm with you on "Necrotic" but it is probably fine for the Japanese market: neko (nay-ko) means cat in japanese.

Re:NeCoRotic? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2440633)

I think it's a mix of neko (cat) and kokoro (heart)

imagine.... (2, Funny)

TheMMaster (527904) | more than 12 years ago | (#2440518)

This thing combined with an MP3 player... "the purring sound of your choice"
now THAT would be an improvement

What will they call the owners? (5, Funny)

pigret (200406) | more than 12 years ago | (#2440521)

Necoro-philiacs?

Re:What will they call the owners? (0)

CProgrammer98 (240351) | more than 12 years ago | (#2440632)

nah, they're Necoro-mancers!

so let me get this straight ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2440524)

... I guess you'd have to be a cat lover to want to put out $1,500 bucks for an robotic replica of an animal that when I get home from work proffers a look of disdain for leaving in the first place, while lounging around on the good furniture. Won't bring me my slippers, doesn't care to comfort me if I'm the least bit upset, won't come to me when I call him/her for dinner, and won't wake me up when the house is on fire (but rather sneak out the back door) ?

... perhaps it's my problem, because I understand cats about as well as I understand high-maintenance women.

What I want... (1)

redcliffe (466773) | more than 12 years ago | (#2440525)

What I want is a small robotic dinosaur like that. Based on the Veloceraptor, and about 1 metre high. It would be cool to have one of them that could be programmed with the behaviour that you want, and it would have to be able to freely move around. Just the thing for keeping the next-door neighbors annoying cat out of the garden!!!!! :-)

Please... (2, Funny)

tomknight (190939) | more than 12 years ago | (#2440526)

...someone hack one of these to spout esoteric Eastern philosophy....

Tom.

Re:Please... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2440540)

STOP TRYING TO BE

FUNNY WHEN YOU CLEARLY

ARE NOT!

From the troll who abused your other fucked up post.

Re:Please... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2440557)

And what's wrong with karma-whoring?


Is it just that you never succeed?

An artificial cat (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2440537)

... that already sounds like something which is dead.

I can see the appeal.

NOT.

hmm reality? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2440543)

Cat food...............2 dollars
cat medications........10 dollars
cat toys...............25 dollars
Wishing you bought.....1700 dollars
a real cat

explain to me (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2440547)

Sorry, I am an idiot with ADD and all I could read from the article is:

Ssmoimo writes: "Omron's robot pet develo

Can please someone out there explain to me in *simple* words without redundancies what is this all about?

Thanks.

additional information (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2440558)

Because I have ADD, I can't wait for your reply for more than 4-5 minutes (can't focus my attention on pressing reload, its boring). So please make it quick before I jump to another subject. Otherwise, I *may* see your reply tomorrow, when the discussion will be dead.

Thanks once again.

They don't even walk!! (4, Funny)

Bart van der Ouderaa (32503) | more than 12 years ago | (#2440549)

What good is a virtual cat if it doesn't even walk?
To be a real virtual cat it should trip me while opening the fridge, leave those mouse corpses on the doormat, put his nails in my ass just because i happened to want to sit in my comfy chair without looking and miauw when it's inside to go out and as soon as it's outside miauw because it wants to go in.

just sitting there doesn't do it....Although if it was sleeping the whole day...
I might pay for that :-)

not gonna work (1)

8bit (127134) | more than 12 years ago | (#2440556)

I can't beleive they're doing this. They're trying to capture the same hype as aibo, same price, same quantity limit...but this cat just sucks. Ohhh, all it does it purr when you pet it. *gives a little golf clap* Just stick to making me mouse buttons omron.

name (2)

zephc (225327) | more than 12 years ago | (#2440564)

i wonder why they arent called Nukuro, being as Nuku is the japanese word for cat... does Neco mean anything?

Re:name (2, Informative)

pigret (200406) | more than 12 years ago | (#2440577)

"Neko" is the Japanse word for cat. neko-robot, presumably.....

Nick in Sunny Fukuoka,
Japan.

(The answer to your question is: with great care...)

Re:name (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2440584)

yeah i caught that =]

- zephc

Re:name (2)

zephc (225327) | more than 12 years ago | (#2440579)

oops my bad... its Neko =] soo that makes sense now

Re:name (2)

BitwizeGHC (145393) | more than 12 years ago | (#2440734)

I can understand your confusion though. They really should have made this thing more like All-Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku; and less like Ashley (my evil cat).

Research my butt (4, Funny)

shut_up_man (450725) | more than 12 years ago | (#2440569)

"the artificial intelligence and other technologies tested in NeCoRo would find applications in more practical items, such as user-friendly vending machines for train tickets."

Riiiiiight... vending machines covered in fur, that make 48 types of cat noise and purr when you rub them.

shut up man

Imagine next version! (1)

jotaeleemeese (303437) | more than 12 years ago | (#2440828)

One that does exactly the same but has long luscious hair, full lips, long legs and looks like ... er ..., no better I will not write it here....

Finaly!! (1)

redcliffe (466773) | more than 12 years ago | (#2440571)

Something that is more useless than a real cat!! I thought it would never happen!

have no fear (3, Insightful)

RestiffBard (110729) | more than 12 years ago | (#2440585)

saw these on the 11:00 daily show last night. no worries. no chance in hell you could mistake these freaks for a cat. they look like animatronics from disneyland. they also appear to be sinister. I'm certain there's a plot behind it all.

Re:have no fear (2)

tb3 (313150) | more than 12 years ago | (#2440771)

I think that's a back-handed compliment. The animatronics at Disney had a reputation for fooling early visitors, some of them are quiet life-like. Check out the QuickTime videos [necoro.com] on the Necoro site [necoro.com] . The motions aren't perfect, but they're pretty cool. These things have come a long way from my 20-year-old Petster [aliceww.com] .

If they appear to be sinister... (2, Funny)

jotaeleemeese (303437) | more than 12 years ago | (#2440834)

.... then the makers are emulating to the smallest detail the original...

It's Toonces! (2, Funny)

larryj (84367) | more than 12 years ago | (#2440586)

Have they managed to improve his driving skills?

Re:It's Toonces! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2440679)

What if the Hokey-Pokey really is what it's all about

great .sig, laughed aloud. Thanks.

Do they attack (-1, Offtopic)

ReidMaynard (161608) | more than 12 years ago | (#2440593)

Penisbirds?

NeCoRo - philia? (0, Offtopic)

bragol (528999) | more than 12 years ago | (#2440612)

Necrophilia - n. Obsessive fascination with death and corpses. 2. Erotic attraction to or sexual contact with corpses. necrophiliac (-ak) -ADJECTIVE & NOUNnecrophile (-fl) -NOUNnecrophilicto Seems like a poor name choice. It may be appropriate since they look kind of creepy. Some people may "love" this cat.

Cat's Eye reference? (-1, Offtopic)

N3P1u5U17r4 (457760) | more than 12 years ago | (#2440650)

>You can see this thing sucking the breath out of a small child, can't you?

Is this supposed to be a reference to the Cat's Eye movie from the 80's? If so, he's got it wrong... the cat protects the small child from the troll that is about to suck the breath out of the child. It's not the cat doing the sucking.

Re:Cat's Eye reference? (2, Informative)

vortigern00 (443602) | more than 12 years ago | (#2440881)

Actually, he's referring to the commong wives' tale which suggests that cats should not be left alone with a baby because they will suck the baby's breath out.

My mother actually believes this... She told me very matter-of-factly that she would help me find a home for my cats when my son was born.

Oh well, I guess that's what happens when you don't have a job for 20 years and you just sit at home watching soaps all day.

Omron Press Release (0, Offtopic)

stereoroid (234317) | more than 12 years ago | (#2440694)

Here [omron.com] , with specs and a decent photo.

Haven't seen any "pussy" jokes here yet... unless they're all moderated down to -2?!

Can't kick em (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2440711)

Nothing beats taking a swing at a cat and kicking it a few dozen yards - the 'thud' and the scream of cat noises.

If I want to kick a piece of plastic, I'll buy a cheap ball at walmart, least it won't be a coupld of grand down the toilet.

101 Uses for a Dead NeCoRo (3, Funny)

Chelloveck (14643) | more than 12 years ago | (#2440762)

Okay, who's going to be the first to make a Bonsai NeCoRo?

(And how do they taste chopped-up and stir-fried?)

Heinlein did it first :-) (1)

catman (1412) | more than 12 years ago | (#2440777)

The Door into Summer , nineteen-mumble....plotters, cleaning robots - and when his aging tomcat dies, he goes to cat heaven where
"robot cats are programmed to fight hard but always lose."

Tell me when they start moving, I might buy one as a toy for my real cats. Or maybe not - one of my females is calling now and would certainly try to seduce it.
Hmm - I wonder if catse.cx is taken?

I never really liked cats anyway (1)

Uttles (324447) | more than 12 years ago | (#2440779)

Characteristics:
1) Responds to human movement/emotions
2) Has feelings and desires, and its personality will adjust to its owner
3) Remembers its name and acknowledges its name when called
4) Synthetic fur gives it a feline appearance, so it feels natural to treat it like a cat, stroking and hugging it


So what happens if you kick it? The poster is right, it looks like it would get mad and eat your face off or something. They must be running out of food over there on technology island... it seems like if someone is willing to pay that much for a fake killer cat then feeding a real cat must be expensive!

Why people keep cats (1)

vortigern00 (443602) | more than 12 years ago | (#2440802)

People have a need to dominate wildness. It gives us satisfaction to dominate an animal which would sooner kill us than look at us.

Cats hate humans. The cat in your house puts up with you because he too small to kill you. The "affection" you get from a cat is simply his social programming in action.

So, what's the point of this necoro? It is a thing which looks like a cat but is harmless... How do humans get pleasure from that?

why a cat? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2440813)

it will be impossible to determine when the cat is acting as it should, or it is a bug. So, when it randomly attacks you, destroys your furniture, begs to be pet, yet then bites you, etc... it will be hard to see what is a bug and what is normal.

If I wanted something to just sit there and be pathetic and have not loyalty, I would just use a computer... oh wait a minute!

Remember what Bob Barker always says.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2440845)

Help control the pet population, have your pet rebooted every once in a while.

If you piss it off.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2440861)

does it spray hydraulic fluid all over your shoes?
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