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Definition: virtual companion

An electronic pet. A popular virtual companion to come down the pike has been Sony's AIBO pet robot. AIBO simulates instincts and feelings, and you do not have to walk it! See AIBO.

AIBO Takes Orders
Preprogrammed behavioral patterns let AIBO perform tricks and express emotions. Although popular when first introduced, this virtual pet turned out to be more fad than forever man's best friend. (Image courtesy of Sony Corporation, www.sony.net/Products/aibo)