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Man's Best Friend Just Got Better; Introducing i-Cybie, Tiger's Most Advanced Cyber-Dog.

Business Editors, Entertainment Writers

VERNON HILLS, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 31, 2001

Hasbro's Tiger Electronics is top dog once again with the introduction of i-Cybie. This robo-canine is packed with advanced robotic technology, artificial intelligence and unprecedented inter-activity. Best of all i-Cybie is easier on the wallet, at a suggested retail price of $199.99.

Made of 1,400 parts and over 90 feet of wire, i-Cybie is fully articulated with 16 computer controlled motors, each one driving a joint that gives i-Cybie full range of movement. He can walk, sit, stand, shake a paw, wag his tail, beg, lift his leg and do push-ups and headstands. He can also roll over, pivot in a circle, lie down, stand up if he falls over and much more. He has hundreds of actions and animations demonstrating organic lifelike movement.

i-Cybie has an array of intelligent sensors that enables him to react to sound, light, touch and his physical surroundings. He detects walls and obstacles in his path, recognizes edges, senses movement, determines which direction sounds are coming from, detects changes in ambient light and identifies when he is being petted. i-Cybie is so smart, that when his batteries are running low, he will assume a recharge "yoga" position.

Owners can interact with i-Cybie through advanced voice recognition technology, which allows i-Cybie to recognize its owners' voice commands. i-Cybie also features a remote control that allows the owner to activate over 15 different actions or the owner can use clap commands for i-Cybie to perform tricks.

Through his incredible artificial intelligence, i-Cybie can express life-like emotions including happiness, sadness, hyper-activity and sleepiness. Each is driven by the interaction with the owner. If the owner plays, pets and talks to i-Cybie he will be happy; if i-Cybie is left alone he will become sad. Eye color, facial expressions, body positions and activities demonstrate each mood.

i-Cybie is able to communicate with other i-Cybie dogs as well as Tiger's Robo-Chi Pets(TM). i-Cybie is designed for future expandability.

i-Cybie is the ultimate robotic pet ...responsive, intelligent and highly interactive. The range of movement and his power-packed technology will amaze owners.

Tiger Electronics, a division of Hasbro, Inc. leads the industry in technology-driven entertainment and lifestyle products for the whole family. Tiger's core brands, products and licensed properties include: Furby(R), Shelby(TM), Poo-Chi(TM), Robo-Chi(TM), HitClips(TM), Who Wants To Be A Millionaire(TM), Wheel of Fortune(TM), Jeopardy!(TM), Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone(TM), Jurassic Park lll(TM), Monsters, Inc., Atlantis, Bob the Builder(TM)and many more. Tiger Electronics - Where Technology Comes to Play(TM).

Hasbro (NYSE:HAS) is a worldwide leader in children's and family leisure time entertainment products and services, including the design, manufacture and marketing of games and toys ranging from traditional to high-tech. Both internationally and in the U.S., its PLAYSKOOL, TONKA, SUPER SOAKER, MILTON BRADLEY, PARKER BROTHERS, TIGER, and WIZARDS OF THE COAST brands and products provide the highest quality and most recognizable play experiences in the world.
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