i-Cybie does possess a limited amount of artificial
intelligence, programming is not easily modifiable by
the end-user, and it is not capable of autonomous
learning. The i-Cybie can be trained to respond to
voice commands. The voice control interface is speaker
dependent so i-Cybie will only respond to your
voice alone, not the voices of others.
The i-Cybie was
originally created by a Hong Kong company Silverlit
Electronics and released to toy fairs in 2000. It was
marketed and distributed by Tiger Electronics in 2001 but
due to world market problems at the time of release and a
battery problem the robot did not do well. Tiger was later
acquired by Hasbro Toys. The product was relaunched in 2005
by Silverlit Electronics and was distributed by Outrageous.
i-Cybie employs advances in animation and artificial
intelligence. He has state of the art sensor arrays
that enable it to detect walls and obstacles to
prevent collisions. i-Cybie is also capable of sensing
movement and changes in ambient light. His sensors are
sophisticated enough to determine the direction of a
noise. Touch sensors help I-Cybie to determine when he
is being petted or stroked.
was the first True Robotic Pet. The 4-pound i-Cybie dog is
made of 1,400 parts and over 90 feet of wire! There is
a powerful intelligence computer and a bunch of smart
buttons that allows this little character to do everything
but taste and smell. But, the truly incredible part of
i-Cybie is the dog's personality.
I-Cybie will respond
to things in your world with canine-like moods. i-Cybie does
this by using some of the same things that you use: body,
eyes, and voice. The dog will express feelings with
signature actions, poses and behaviors when interacting in
the real world.
Some of the
i-Cybie's features include:
- Motion sensors allow
i-Cybie to detect movement around it.
- Obstacle sensors are used
to navigate as it walks and to avoid bumping into
- An i-Cybie robot can
interact with other i-Cybie robots using a built-in IR
- Sensors on its help the
i-Cybie react to touch.
- Sound sensors allow
i-Cybie respond to voice commands to clap
commands. Voice commands require training. Clap
commands do not require training.
- Edge detectors help
prevent falls, but there have been reports that this
feature is not necessarily reliable & was never an
- Tilt sensors allow it to
detect when it has fallen down.
- Light sensors let him
detect changes in ambient light in your room.
After approx. 20 - 30 minutes of inactivity, I-Cybie goes
into sleep mode. When I-Cybie senses that it needs to be
recharged it lowers its body down in a yoga like position.
I-Cybie also has smart sensor technology that enables it to
find its charging station and plug itself in to be
recharged. The internal batteries last between 1 and
the I-Cybie Instruction Manual (pdf file)