Unless artist Jeff Koons, known for his giant balloon dog sculptures, decides to get litigious, Moose Toys will be introducing some competition for Sony’s Aibo later this year with Squeakee, the world’s first robotic balloon dog that could potentially put clowns and birthday party entertainers out of business.Watch
If there’s one thing this year’s Toy Fair made obviously clear, it’s that kids these days have it…
There’s also no shortage of robotic dogs, with Sony’s pricey, feature-packed Aibo leading the pack, and more affordable robo-pups designed to provide simple companionship without all the responsibilities of pet ownership. Moose Toys’ Squeakee falls somewhere in between those two extremes; it’s not going to roam your house and serve as a four-legged security guard that alerts you to intruders, but for $60, when it arrives sometime in October, it packs a satisfying amount of personality and interactivity.
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Squeakee can walk around all on its own, perform standard doggo tricks like sitting, scooting, and responding to belly rubs facilitated by a series of touch sensors. The robot also has a microphone and can respond to voice commands, including affirmations of its good behavior, or admonishments about misbehaving, and can respond with physical gestures as well as over 50 sounds. (We’ve yet to confirm if it barks like a dog, or makes that that excruciating squeaking sound when rubbing a balloon.) Advertisement
You can also sadistically stab Squeakee with an included push pin, causing the pup to go through the motions of slowly deflating, which is the balloon dog equivalent of playing dead. It can then be re-inflated using a pretend pump accessory that also facilitates eating because a balloon animal presumably only dines on air—unlike Sony’s Aibo, which makes users actually pay for pretend food.
As far as pets go, Squeakee is easier to maintain than both a real dog (potty time consists of simulated peeing using an LED shining on the ground) and a fake balloon dog because, unless dropped from a second-story window, there’s little chance that Squeakee will suddenly explode if handled too roughly .
Squeakee Minis – Poppy the Bunny
Meet Poppy the Bunny! She’s not into Hip-Hop, she’s into Hip-POP! This bunny will make your child sound so funny when she repeats what your child says in her squeaky helium voice!
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Squeakee Minis – Collect Them All!
Squeakee Minis are the cutest mini balloon animals that love to play and interact with your child! They repeat what you say in their hilarious squeaky helium voice! Blow on their nose and hear them inflate, but inflate them too much and you’ll hear them “POP”! Pat your pet and hear them squeak! There are four Squeakee Minis to Collect in the range.
Meet Rainbowie! A rainbow colored balloon dog that is totally interactive and comes to life when your child plays with her! Pop Squeakee Rainbowie with her pink Pin to see and hear her deflate! Then inflate her back up with her pump!
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Blow on their nose and hear them inflate, but inflate them too much and you’ll hear them “POP”! Pat your pet and hear them squeak! There are four Squeakee Minis to Collect in the range.