SmartPet is a toy which, with the addition of your iPhone, becomes a cartoon-faced pet dog robot. Created by Japanese toymaker Bandai, creator of the Tamagotchi, SmartPet recently impressed judges at the Tokyo Toy Show – with its tail-wagging, trick performing and cartoon facial responses – enough to scoop the innovative toy category award. SmartPet can walk around, sit up, wag its tail and respond to its owner using voice recognition, gesture commands and the iPhone touchscreen.
SmartPet is meant for users over 15 (though Bandai thinks 20 to 40-year-olds is their target audience), the SmartPet consists of a plastic robot body without a face that’s where the iPhone comes in. After downloading the SmartPet app from iTunes, you put your iPhone into a case which then clicks into place to become the face of their new robotic canine companion.