Jindo To Fill Your Need for Robot Dogs

Nature and marketeers abhor a vacuum, and so the hole left by the demise of Sony's robot dog Aibo will soon be filled with another, more ambitious design. Jindo—Hindi for "alive"—has specifications that are both impressive and head-scratching. The Korean developer of Jindo, Eungsang Park, has given it a Navigator Screen that will let you watch DMB TV and check your email and access web pages. The tail is the joystick, making for some awkward positioning when playing games. Even more awkward is the fact that the DVD insert is directly below the tail. I also can't help but wonder how the dog is held when in use as a cell phone. Also notable on the diagram are the items simply labeled "in" and "button." Clearly the design is still a little rough.

Jindo [GizmoWatch]