Big enough to hold a youngster up to 80 lb and produce walking sounds during a pretend ride, this 3-ft tall pony has a number of motion and sound effects. Either touching or talking causes its head to move. With interaction, the ears and tail wiggle, the eyes blink and it also makes whinny and snorting sounds when given its carrot or groomed with its brush. Built-in light and sound sensors allow the pony to sense the environment around it. Analog circuitry activates the motors in the head, tail and eyes, as well as providing the amplification for the sound effects.
Unlike industrial robots, which suffered a slight overall slump in 2012, service robots continue to be increasingly in demand. The majority are used for defense, such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs); and agriculture, such as milking robots.
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