Poo-chi's bark worse than its bite

A mass-market robotic dog arrives in New Zealand stores on July 1, whose developers say won't bite consumers in the back pocket.

A mass-market robotic dog arrives in New Zealand stores on July 1, whose developers say won't bite consumers in the back pocket.

Poo-chi, from Furby makers Tiger Electronics and Sega Toys, will retail for $79.95.

Distributors Hasbro says Poo-Chi sings, plays games, and has an animated head, ears, legs and mouth. The puppy can stand, sit or dance on his tiptoes and senses light, sound and touch. Poo-Chi also communicates and interacts with other Poo-Chi.

The pup fits in the palm of your hand and its makers say it portrays realistic emotional responses that adapt and change as it is played with.

Hasbro product manager Sheryl Fenton says Poo-Chi is an entry-level pet, but has the same aim as the more expensive pets - "and that is to entertain humans".

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