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Work out or the giraffe gets it: Tep app does fitness Tamagotchi-style

A fitness-tracking app called Tep challenges you to walk, run and cycle regularly to keep your adorable pet giraffe alive.

By September 1, 2015


RIP robot dogs: Funerals held for metal mutts

Saying final goodbyes to personality-filled pet robotic dogs isn't easy. Now that Sony has shut down its AIBO customer support, robot dog owners are holding funerals for their broken pooches.

By March 4, 2015


From Korea, with love: My visit with Samsung and LG

When you stop by the global headquarters of two well-respected electronics giants, you learn a few things. Here are a CNET editor's stories from Seoul.

By November 14, 2014


Wirelessly powered robo-fish need no maintenance

A high-tech aquarium holds robotic fish that feed off wireless power, glow, and swim about in a sealed tank.

By August 26, 2014


Tech transforms playtime at Toy Fair 2014

Wireless sword-wielding robots, kid smartwatches, and trackable Nerf darts add a new tech twist to the annual New York Toy Fair. (Warning: Tamagotchis are back.)

By February 18, 2014


Virtual Pet Shelter founder finds solace in Tamagotchi

Many virtual pets end up living out their lives forgotten in dark drawers. If a new Virtual Pet Shelter gets off the ground, all those Tamagotchis and Webkinz will have a place to go.

By March 12, 2012


Little Robot Friends make perfect bot buddies

The Little Robot Friends on Kickstarter come equipped with whimsical looks and charming robot personalities.

By September 20, 2013


Do soldiers get too attached to battlefield robots?

A University of Washington researcher finds that soldiers develop emotional bonds with robots deployed in place of humans -- and that may affect their battlefield performance.

By September 19, 2013


Tamagotchi 15th anniversary pet can still die

Tamagotchi releases a limited-edition anniversary model of the electronic critters. They're still hungry, fussy, and capable of kicking the bucket.

By December 5, 2011


Furby Boom: It's back, and making offspring on your tablet

Hasbro's newly announced follow-up to last year's Furby reboot gets even stranger than before: breeding new Furbies, earning Furbucks...and making poop.

By July 22, 2013