'i-Buddy' brings IM emoticons to life
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If you have a really special buddy on Windows Live Messenger or MSN Messenger you want to keep close tabs on, the i-buddy is for you. The little device is about 3-inches tall and connects to your PC via USB. You then program the i-buddy to respond to one buddy account on MSN.
i-buddy detects emotions in the instant message from your buddy and lights inside the figurine glow different colors based on the emotions in the message. In addition to the glowing lights the figure twists and the wings flap as well. A glowing red dot in the upper chest of the figure illuminates when your buddy is online. The device is compatible with windows XP, 2000, and Vista. Pricing and availability are unknown at this time. The i-buddy is somewhat similar to the Availabot.