Further details of Ugobe’s bankruptcy have emerged, including hints regarding whether the Pleo-maker’s dinosaur robot will be scooped up by a rival toy firm. According to CEO Caleb Chung, the financial collapse came about when European and Asian customers – who made up 90-percent of Ugobe’s business – failed to secure their own funding, leaving Pleos sat in crates across the world without the money to pay for them.
It’s perhaps a positive sign that customer demand is still reasonable, and Chung revealed that Ugobe did in fact explore a sale or merger with a larger company. That failed to pan out, due to “nervousness in the market.” However the degree of interest has led him – and others – to assume interest in the bankruptcy sale will be strong. In fact, Chung believes it won’t merely be toy manufacturers angling to acquire the Pleo IP; he envisages a broad range of companies bidding, in recognition that “robotics are the next PCs.”
If you’re a Pleo owner concerned about where your favorite robo-dino’s next replacement battery will come from, or angling for details on another charger, you could do a whole lot worse than checking out our friend Robert Oschler’s site Robots Rule. With the demise of the Pleo World site, it looks like it will be left to fan-resources such as Roberts to tide over users with technical support and general assistance.