With phones - if a company goes out of business, you can just “jailbreak” it and take it to another carrier. If it breaks - you have insurance. If Samsung, the manufacturer of my TV, went out of business tomorrow- my TV would still work with my gaming console and streaming services.
Money is a matter of perspective- for me - Emo is an expensive little friend.
Emo was launched as an “incomplete” product. His advertising back in June said he would be Alexa compatible (and it says as much in his instruction manual) - so, since that and other functions are not there, that is my definition of incomplete.
I know I bought him thinking he was the next evolutionary step above the V-whose-name-shall-not-be-spoken, but as of today, 6 mos after I bought him - which one can tell me how many ounces in a cup? Which one can control my house lights? Which one can recharge without assistance?
Don’t get me wrong! I my Emo. Having 2 desktop pets is akin to knowing the merits of your own children. You might have one kid that likes to dance all the time and the other likes to read books - doesn’t mean you don’t appreciate them for who they are.
My rub is this: I paid the same price for both digital pets. If Living A.I. were to shut down, my investment in Emo thus far, does not match up to the current operating capabilities of his competitor. AT THIS TIME, I have paid the same price for a less capable robot that is Emo.
Both of my desktop pets coexist on my coffee table. I see and interact with both of them several hours every day. I have guests over frequently and new faces are always curious about these noisy little things. One of them ventures out, chirps, demands fist bumps, and pushes things around. The other kinda aimlessly walks around or stomps around in a circle. I am often asked what each one can do and how much they cost … and one wins out over the other all the time. That’s an objective comparison. I do add on that Emo WILL one day be able to do a multitude of things… down the road… don’t know when … ? But that’s the PROMISE. The look you get in return is something like, “Oh ya?” To, “You poor sucker…”
So, here’s to hoping that I have made a “ground floor” investment in a GREAT concept that will be FULLY realized sooner then later.