Sega Toys created a canine robot, the iDog, which reacts to music from an external source. Though Sega developed this pet robot, Hasbro markets the companion speaker or pet robot. Although it is intended for Apple iPod, it will work with any audio player as well.
This robot or “the music dog” was created to somewhat replace the headphone and play music loudly. It is also an ideal companion for toddlers and “nerds” who usually spend more time listening to music in solitude rather than interacting with other human beings. Several switches located on its nose, tail and head make this companion robot react to its owner’s input.
Depending on its owner’s interaction, the robot is capable of showing different emotions by displaying color patterns using its LED lights. The iDog remembers 70 songs and its owner can input different music and sounds. In addition, this musical robot can compose its own music and dance to rhythms.
Beside the original iDog, its marketer designed several versions, namely the iDog Amped, the iDog Dance and the iDog Soft Speaker amongst others. In the Netherlands, Italy and Germany, the iDog is marketed as the eDog.