Tamagotchi

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Tamagotchi

[Japanese; cute little egg] space-age cyberpet; a solely electronic state; indigenous to Japan, appearing as an egg on a liquid-crystal screen. Life history, consisting of hatching, feeding, beeping when not fed, sleeping in 12 hour snatches, growing, dying prematurely if neglected, flying away, is completed usually in 2 weeks with maximum recorded life span 4 weeks. The low maintenance costs and brief life span appear to have been designed to suit society's average desired investment level and affection span for a house pet. An unfriendly addition to the veterinary profession's list of exotic companion animals.
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AKI Maita invented the hit Tamagotchi cyberpets while working for Japanese company Bandai but is still on the same wage and never got a bonus.
Inventor Aki Maita of Bandai says: "Portable things were very popular in Japan - everyone has mobile phones, even children.
There was a lighter moment when I met Aki Maita, the Japanese lady who invented that funny little computer pet, Tamagotchi.