Polycarbonate, fake fur, fabric, and electronics,
11 13/16 x 7 1/8 x 5 7/8" (30 x 18 x 15 cm)
Digital pets are part of a growing group of functional objects with zoomorphic qualities, often as endearing as stuffed animals, that are meant to entertain us, keep us company, inform us about the weather, manage our household appliances, even spy for us, like the infamous nanny cams hidden in teddy bears. The possible applications of a digital bunny, communicative penguin, or self-satisfied chubby little martian are endless. Mr. Smilit, designed by Michiko Nitta with contributions from her mother, Yumi, and her sister, Yoko, is a toy that reacts to the noise of a child’s cry with a cry of its own, which may cause the child to stop crying and care for the doll.