Gallery: A Visual History of The Artificial Dog

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Sony's four-legged entertainment bot AIBO launched a decade ago. At left is a figure from patent #6458011, which was filed in 2001 by inventors Makoto Inoue and Emi Kato:
A walking-on-four-legs type robot whose body is connected at the front right, front left, rear right, and rear left with legs is adapted so that its action saves the user trouble and increases the user's affection for, and curiosity about, the robot.
I find the evolution of the artificial dog fascinating. Check out more patented pooches &mdash from analog to animatronic, including more iterations from Sony &mdash after the jump... [top right image via Sony]
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Patent #: D51470 Filing date: Sep 13, 1917 Issue date: Nov 1917 Inventor: CLAUDE S. HAMMOCK Assignee: NOBBYTOY COMPANY What Was New: ornamental design for a toy, substantially as shown
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Patent #: D72237 Filing date: Aug 6, 1926 Issue date: Mar 1927 Inventor: NEAL W. PLOOSTER What Was New: ornamental design for a toy dog, as shown
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Patent #: 2385914 Filing date: Apr 24, 1945 Issue date: Oct 1945 Inventor: Generale What Was New: pull toy comprising a "dog-simulating member"
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Patent #: D179949 Filing date: Feb 28, 1956 Issue date: Mar 1957 Inventor: Helen H. Malsed What Was New: ornamental design for an expanding/contracting toy
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Patent #: D186323 Filing date: Mar 27, 1959 Issue date: Oct 1959 Inventor: David M. Kinniburgh What Was New: ornamental design for an animal figure
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Patent #: 2909001 Filing date: Mar 12, 1956 Issue date: Oct 20, 1959 Inventor: M. I. GLASS What Was New: electrically-driven wheeled figure toy Note: design was eventually refined
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Patent #: D373801 Filing date: Apr 28, 1995 Issue date: Sep 17, 1996 Inventors: Keiko Doi, Masatsune Sasaki Assignees: Tomy Company, Ltd. What Was New: ornamental design for a toy figurine, as shown
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Patent #: D382029 Filing date: Feb 9, 1996 Issue date: Aug 5, 1997 Inventor: Simon Kat Hong Cheng Assignees: James Industries, Inc. What Was New: SLINKY dog pull toy
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Patent #: 6337552 Filing date: Dec 8, 1999 Issue date: Jan 8, 2002 Inventors: Makoto Inoue, Taku Yokoyama Assignee: Sony Corporation What Was New: robot apparatus capable of autonomously performing actions in natural ways
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Patent #: D457203 Filing date: Oct 17, 2000 Issue date: May 14, 2002 Inventors: Tomohiko Onishi, Nobata Fujio Assignees: Sega Toys, Ltd. What Was New: ornamental design for a robotic dog, as shown and described
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Patent #: D445849 Filing date: Jan 10, 2001 Issue date: Jul 31, 2001 Inventor: Shinya Saito Assignees: Tomy Company, Ltd. What Was New: ornamental design for the dog robot toy, as shown
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Patent #: 6736694 Filing date: Feb 5, 2001 Issue date: May 18, 2004 Inventors: James R. Hornsby, Marcellus R. Benson, Joseph L. McGowan, Arne A. Schmidt, William H. Bronson, Jr. Assignees: All Season Toys, Inc. What Was New: an interactive amusement device and system encompassing a primary robotic unit which performs actions communicated by a remote wireless transmitter and at least one secondary robotic unit which interacts through wireless communication with the primary robotic unit
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Patent #: D448433 Filing date: May 1, 2000 Issue date: Sep 25, 2001 Inventors: Mie Ueda, Tomohiko Onishi, Nobata Fujio Assignee: Sega Toys Ltd. What Was New: ornamental design for a robotic dog, as shown and described
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Patent #: D468375 Filing date: Apr 30, 2002 Issue date: Jan 7, 2003 Inventor: Moon-Lam So Assignee: May Cheong Toy Products Factory Limited What Was New: ornamental design for a toy dog, as shown and described
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Patent #: D467983 Filing date: May 8, 2002 Issue date: Dec 31, 2002 Inventor: Junko Yamazaki Assignees: Tomy Company, Ltd. What Was New: ornamental design for a dog toy, as shown and described
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Patent #: 7118443 Filing date: Sep 25, 2003 Issue date: Oct 10, 2006 Inventors: Jon C. Marine, Tara McGrath, Joyce Mesch, Kevin W. Gray, Ok-Soo Choi Assignees: Mattel, Inc. What Was New: animated toys adapted to imitate multiple personas
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Patent #: D511188 Filing date: Nov 4, 2003 Issue date: Nov 1, 2005 Inventors: Yuka Takeda, Jun Uchiyama, Kozo Kawakita, Hironari Hoshino, Daisuke Ishii, Nobuhiko Oguchi, Taku Sugawara Assignee: Sony Corporation What Was New: ornamental design for a robot, as shown (ERS-111, 210, 311)
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Patent #: D537891 Filing date: Jul 15, 2005 Issue date: Mar 6, 2007 Inventors: Daniel Judkins, Endo Yoshiyuki, Fujio Nobata Assignees: Hasbro, Inc. What Was New: ornamental design for a robotic dog, as shown and described
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Patent #: D572319 Filing date: Jan 19, 2007 Issue date: Jul 1, 2008 Inventor: Shiu Hang Yuen Assignee: Golden Bright Manufacturer Ltd. What Was New: ornamental design for toy robot dog, as shown and described
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Patent #: D566794 Filing date: Sep 11, 2007 Issue date: Apr 15, 2008 Inventors: Daniel Judkins, Ceileidh Siegel Assignees: Hasbro, Inc. What Was New: ornamental design for a robotic dog, as shown and described.
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4 Responses to Gallery: A Visual History of The Artificial Dog

  1. animalmakers says:

    Animal Makers has been providing artificial dogs for over 30 years. One of our most famous is “Rowdy”, the “pet” on “Scrubs”.
    -Jim

  2. dculberson says:

    “its action saves the user trouble”

    Ahh, such a comforting phrase.

  3. Steven Leckart says:

    @MZED, that’s a good one.

    I featured only consumer dogbots that have been patented. A fictional character, K-9 is likely trademarked, but I’ve yet to find any toy patent for the design.

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