April 6, 2007 / 12:40 PM / 13 years ago

Cyborg chicks cluck into Japan toy stores

Children play with robot chicks, Yume Hiyoko (Dream Chick), at a photo opportunity in Tokyo April 5, 2007. The electronic robot chicks, launched by Sega Toys, fit in the palm, can make sounds and move their wings at the touch of human hands. The price of the toy is 2,310 Yen and it will be available in domestic the market from April. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

TOKYO (Reuters) - A Japanese firm is selling cyborg chicks that look and feel like the real thing — but you don’t have to feed or clean up after them.

The palm-sized, fluffy robots, named Yume Hiyoko, or “dream chicks”, went on sale last week in time for the Easter holidays. They join toy maker Sega’s line of mechanical pets that includes dogs, cats and ponies.

The chick has touch sensors that trigger it to chirp or flap its wings when its back is stroked. It cannot, however, move.

“I think it is good as a pet because you don’t have to feed it and clean its droppings,” said Masahiro Okada, a chicken farm worker who was looking at the toys.

Sega spokeswoman Minako Sakanoue said the robot chicks were modeled on newly hatched bird since “at this stage they seem cutest”. The chicks cost 2,310 yen (about $19).

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