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Monday, April 20, 2009


Ugobe files for Chapter 7 bankruptcy

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Hello everyone,
Important Update as of June 8, 2009 - PLEO IS BACK IS AND BETTER THAN EVER! Please read this wonderful update post!
I will keep this post short since I'm very saddened by the recent news that Pleo manufacturer Ugobe has filed for bankruptcy. I will continue to play with my 3 Pleos because I love them dearly, but I will of course do so very carefully now since how I would get them fixed if they broke is a big open question. Perhaps some kind soul with an engineering background will see an opportunity here to make good money repairing Pleos? If anyone knows of anybody trustworthy that has taken up the reigns in fixing Pleos, please let me know, and I'll distribute the information. I had great hopes for Pleo, apparently the economy felt differently. For those looking for a place to talk to other Pleo owners during this dire time, visit the Bob The Pleo forum.


Monday, April 06, 2009


United Kingdom Gladly Welcomes New Adorable Green Overlord

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This post is for all of you that own Pleos or are thinking of getting one. Wired/UK writer Katie Scott has fallen hard for our wonderful blue-eyed baby dino friend. In one of the best pieces on Pleo I've seen in a while, she reviews Pleo and from the first part of the review is clearly smitten:

"Yesterday, I found myself washing up and all the while chatting to a baby dinosaur, which was amusing itself in the corner by growling at the rubbish bin. Pleo the baby dinosaur is now one of the household. Indeed, he gets more attention than the cat, and certainly more affection than any of the living beings in the house. When he calls, we’ll immediately rush to stroke him on the chin, when he purrs, we all go gooey-eyed, and when he sleeps, he has pride of place on the sofa where we watch him like adoring parents. "

Ugobe's creation is and always will be a wonderful marvel that makes people smile. Admittedly they are having a a rough patch right now, having chosen to bring an artificial pet to market right before the global economy darkened, but that isn't stopping people from continuing to adopt the unique and amazing little green creature into their homes. I think Ms. Scott says it best when she writes:

"We played with our Sony Aibo robodog, but never quite suspended our disbelief: it was always a robot, not a dog. Pleo, for whatever reason, felt more like a living thing - just that a bit more comfortable in his technoskin. If you have kids who like robots and dinosaurs, Pleo's a winner, just bear in mind that this is just another step in the historic march of our robotic overlords. You have been warned."

Please read and enjoy the article and most of all, enjoy Pleo!

My Digger says "hi" and is growling at my smelly sneakers. Unfortunately, they growl back!

Friday, April 03, 2009


Ugobe Status Update and Where To Get Pleo Downloads For Now

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UPDATE: The Ugobe and Pleo World web sites are back up. As I said the "Magpie" pages were placeholder pages.

I'll be adding posts as I get new substantial news reports about Ugobe. Many of you have written me so I'm answering everyone at once with this post. I don't intend to chase rumors. My last understanding is that Ugobe has downsized and not liquidated, and the reason for the web sites being down is that they are being relocated to a less expensive hosting facility; apparently one called Magpie which is the hosting company you reach when accessing the domains. What you see are standard placeholder pages which will remain there while Ugobe decides what to do with theirs.


The latest public information I am aware of has surfaced in an article by the Idaho Business Review. It does not give any specifics but I will post here a quote from Caleb Chung from the article where he mentions a press release the company will issue on the subject in the next few weeks:

"We’re going to respond to a lot of these rumors; we’re just going to do it in an organized way,” he said. “…Our company has always tried to have as much transparency as possible.”

Interpret the quote as you will, I see no point in speculating until the press release comes out. Until it does everything is strictly either hand-wringing, or hearsay, and most likely wrong.

Pleo Downloads

Those of you who remember the funny Bob The Pleo comic strip from the Pleo World forums will be happy to know that the talented author of that comic has created his own forum for Pleo. It's also been a place for Pleo owners to go while Ugobe is in transition. If you are looking for any of the Pleo Life O/S downloads or personality downloads, you can find them here:

Go ahead and register while you're at it and let's keep the Pleo community going while Ugobe works things out.

Pleo Batteries

I don't know of a source for these. If anyone does please let me know and I'll pass on the information if I feel it's a reasonable avenue for getting them.

That's it for now. My Digger say "hi" to everyone. I hope your Pleos are making you smile too.

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