If you were hoping to get your hands on a Pleo robot this coming March as it was previously announced as the month that the loveable Pleo would hit the market then you are out of luck. With a post on Ugobe’s website, Pleo architect Caleb Chung announced that Pleo’s market release will be delayed further to the summer of 2007.
Caleb says that the reason for the delay is Ugobe’s efforts to upgrade Pleo according to their interactions with customers. Ugobe will is working to enhance Pleo’s audio capabilities and touch sensors especially under the chin. Pleo is also receiving a number of cosmetic updates including higher resolution and detail in the eyes and adding soft muscle-like tissue in several key places on its body.
I have to say that I am disappointed with this further delay but the fact Ugobe is listening to its customers and fine tuning its product is not necessarily a bad thing. At the end of the day, who wants to spend $300 and end up with a boring and uninspiring toy?