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Who let the dogs in--to your cell phone?
Posted: 07-Apr-2001 [Source: CNET]

["Kiepo" needs to be fed, can learn to dance, and competes in multi-player competitions via the Internet, but alas, no carrier customer has decided to offer this virtual pet to its subscribers.]

by Ben Chamy -- "Your cell phone needs a pet.

"That's what Finnish mobile content companies Small Planet and Lumo Media think.

"The companies are now peddling a virtual pet named "Kiepo" that lives in a cellular phone. The plan takes the concept of the Tamagotchi games to new heights.

"A popular Japanese electronic toy, Tamagotchi was a small device where virtual pets resided. Users had to care for it regularly or else the virtual pet died. Similarly, Kiepo lives inside a cell phone.

"It's not a cat or a dog, and it's not a human," said Tapio Lofman of Lumo Media, a wireless content distributor. "We don't know what it is."

"Not only does a user need to feed it regularly, but Kiepo--whatever it is--can be made smarter by taking virtual trips to the library or to a disco to learn how to groove on the dance floor. Users can even test Kiepo's dancing skills against other Kiepos throughout the world in multiple player competitions over the Internet.

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