The Virtual Menagerie: A look back at our techno pets

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The Virtual Menagerie: A look back at our techno pets

Pets are great. But if you're too lazy, busy or overcome with allergies for the real thing, you have a host of digital alternatives. They've found homes on our computers, in addictive little eggs and even housed insemi-realistic representations of actual animals.

Their souls may be entirely digital, but that hasn't stopped consumers from coddling and caring for these code-based creatures. Join us as we take a look at some of the digital, virtual and robotic pets that have captured our hearts over the years.

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  • First came the egg
  • A talking fur ball
  • Man's best robot friend
  • The bionic bark is back
  • The world's most therapeutic robot
  • A Nintendog's life
  • The rabbit network
  • When dinosaurs walked (through your house)
  • Intelligent squeezebox
  • Petting zoo
  • Do the smartphone locomotion
  • There's an app for that
  • Under a pebble
  • Call it a comeback
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