Powered by 16 mini-motors, a silvery robot dog is running on a table.
It can express its "emotions" -- when you touch it gently, it
will wag its tail to show its happiness and if you ignore it, the dog
will bark fiercely or whimper.
That is not the AIBO robotic dog made by Japanese electronic giant Sony
Corp. It is an Aisaibi robotic dog produced by Yinhui Toys Co. Ltd of
Dongguan, south China's Guangdong Province, and it costs less than one
quarter of the Japanese version.
Fang Gongfa, market supervisor of Yinhui, said his company exported
200,000 of the Aisaibi robots this year, which are well received overseas.
China produces 70 percent of the toys in the world. In Guangdong alone,
there are 6,000 toy-making businesses which employ 1.5 million workers.
The output value of these businesses was estimated to hit 35.7 billion
yuan (about 4.3 billion US dollars), with the exports close to 3.8 billion
US dollars in 2002,said Li Zhuoming, deputy head of the Guangdong Provincial
Out of the toys exported, intelligent ones are taking up an increasingly
bigger share, said Li, who noted with improved quality, the profit from
the comparatively big exporting volume of toys is not as high as expected
because these products are mostly produced according to supplied designs
Li stressed the necessity of developing China's own toy brands and scientific
contents of such commodities. To this end, a professional scientific and
technological committee was set up late last year under the Guangdong
Provincial Toys Association, with Li at the head.
Li added that they are considering building a toy research and development
center and a professional toy education network in cooperation with a
number of top Chinese universities of engineering, science and technology.