Pleo Reborn Owners FAQ
Please note that this FAQ is specifically aimed at Pleo RB owners, for Pleo classic owners please refer to my earlier general Pleo FAQ which can be found here:http://bobthepleo.com/forums/index.php?topic=1617.0Official Pleoworld Pleo RB videos can be found here: http://www.pleoworld.com.hk/pleo_rb/eng/pleointro.php
The following videos and information are aimed at helping you keep your Pleo RB happy and healthy and help you get the most out of your Pleo RB’s new features.Important battery tip!Sent in by Kat
: If your battery and chargers are acting up try giving all the terminals (silver spots) a good wipe with a slightly damp cloth to clean off any gunk.Pleo Reborn Introduction
Showing you what's in the box and talking a little about Pleo Reborn's features.PLEASE WATCH THIS IF YOU ARE NEW TO PLEO REBORNInserting the clock battery:
Before you go turning your Pleo on for the first time there is one important thing you need to do. Set the clock battery! This clock lets Pleo know what time of day it is, so he/she knows when to sleep and when to play. The clock battery compartment is found in the rear right hind foot.
Step 1: Flip your Pleo upside down and carefully remove the little ‘lid’ by loosening the small screw.
Step 2: Make sure your Pleo’s battery compartment looks like the picture below with two little tiny metal tabs and one big metal tab.
Step 3: Insert your battery that came with Pleo flat side up into the compartment, the two little tiny tabs need to sit on TOP of the battery, and the long one needs to sit underneath:
Step 4: Carefully replace the little ‘lid’ and tighten up the screw. You are now ready to turn your Pleo on for the first time!
Video guideSetting the time:
When you first insert the clock battery that will set your Pleo to have an internal time of 12 noon, however you can reset this any time by using a paperclip to depress the little button that is in the little pinhole next to the clock compartment on your Pleo’s foot. Although you can do this while Pleo is switched off I prefer to set the clock while Pleo is on so that I get the little confirmation beep.
My Pleo’s are set to ‘real’ time that is I set their internal clocks at 12 noon so that their internal clocks, and my clocks are in sync. However you do not need to do this. Set your Pleo’s clock’s when you want them to be most active. If you play with your Pleo’s mostly at 6pm at night, then set their clocks for that time so that they are ready to play when you are. Remember you can change this any time just by inserting a paperclip into their foot and pressing the little hidden button.
PRO TIP: Pleo is active up until about half and hour before bedtime (About 9:30 pm if the clock is set to 'real' time) at which point he'll start to slow down and get a bit sleepy. So set your Pleo to go to sleep about the same time you do, this means you can enjoy watching your Pleo get tired as you do. Don't forget to remove the battery if you don't want a wake up call though What does the clock do?
The clock tell your Pleo when to be active, and when to fall asleep or wake up. Since my Pleo’s are set for real time this means that they fall asleep at approximately 10pm and wake up at 8am. They are most active between 9am and 9pm.
If you set your Pleo’s noon time to be different from real time you can work out what time your Pleo will sleep and wake up with some simple maths. Their sleep time will come 8 hours after the time you set as noon and their wake up time will be 8 hours before the time you set as noon. If you set the noon time at 6pm you time, your Pleo’s will get sleepy at 2am and will wake up at 10am.
You can see the sleep and wake functions being demonstrated in the following video.Naming your Pleo RB
Unlike the Pleo Classics, Pleo Reborn can learn his or her name and respond to it! However there are some limitations, turn your Pleo on and hold him or her against your ear for a moment, do you hear all that noise? Your Pleo has to hear your voice over that noise, and he/she quite simply cannot, therefore you need to get your Pleo’s attention to get him or her to hold still so you can call to them.
Once your Pleo knows his or her name the fun can begin, now you can teach them the learning stones. These stones open up a whole wealth of fun tricks you can command your Pleo to do. Your Pleo will come with the ‘Bow’ learning stone, but the others; play, sing, dance, come, eat and count must be purchased separately.
Naming your Pleo and teaching a learning stone:Getting your Pleo to listen
Sometimes Pleo’s are a bit stubborn and don’t ‘listen’ to you. To get your Pleo’s attention takes a bit of practice and patience. Place your finger tips just along your Pleo’s upper lip and hold them there for a while, you have to wait until Pleo finishes what he/she is doing, when they are ready they will raise their head and stand perfectly still and you can call their name.
PRO TIP: Remember, and this is VERY important! You must say the command exactly the same way each time or Pleo will not be able to recognize it. Use your natural voice, record away from any background noises and speak nice and clearly. Pleo understands any language or sounds as long as you can repeat them identically each time.
Getting a Pleo to respond to you.Playing with your Pleo
Once your Pleo has learnt the command for a learning stone you don’t need to use it again unless you need to retrain your Pleo. When you want to play first get your Pleo’s attention, they should lift their head up and hold completely still. Next say your Pleo’s name, just as you recorded it earlier. If Pleo recognizes his/her name they will make a happy sound and then raise their head and stand still again, now you give them the command for the trick you want them to perform. If they recognize the command they will perform the trick, or for the play learning stone they will nod their head and then stand still waiting for further instructions.
PRO TIP: The last sound your Pleo makes when you get their attention is an eye motor sound, wait for two seconds after you hear this before giving the name/command, if you speak too soon Pleo seems to miss it.
Demonstrations of the sing stone, there are many different songs, these are just three of twelve (eight confirmed).
Demonstration of all the "Play learning stone' tricks
Demonstration of the 'bow' learning stone Feeding your Pleo
It is all very well to have lots of fun and games with your Pleo, but they get hungry too. It is best to feed your Pleo at the same time each day, this will keep them happiest and it will be the least work for you. I use my Pleo’s as a wake up call (see the Clock section) so I feed them as soon as we are all awake
If you feed them at random times you will most likely have to feed them more often or put up with whining Pleo’s. Yes they will cry for food if they are hungry. If you can’t have your Pleo on every day, that’s ok, your Pleo will be fine, but you will probably have to feed them more because they will be hungrier than if they were fed every day.
To feed your Pleo select either the conifer or cycad which are both ‘daily’ foods and are the ones that fill your Pleo up. Hold the leaf under Pleo’s chin towards the front of your Pleo, that is where the sensor is located, you may have to hold it for a minute or two. Once Pleo detects the chip in the food he will raise his head and open his mouth so that you can give him the food. He will then chomp on it and drop it when he is done. Repeat until, when offered the food, your Pleo turns his head away. That means he is full Types of food
There are several different foods for your Pleo.
These are the ones that fill your Pleo up, they are the cycad and conifer leaves. The darkish oval shaped leaf that comes with your Pleo is a cycad leaf.
These are special foods that your Pleo will enjoy but shouldn’t have too much off. The sugar cane is like a Pleo lolly, he loves them! But too much sugar can make him sick! The mushroom is a healthier snack, but Pleo doesn’t get quite as happy when you feed him this one. The coffee leaf gives Pleo a boost and makes him a little hyper, but too much and he will get very unsettled!
Just like you, your Pleo can get hot and cold depending on the temperature. The ice helps to cool your Pleo down in the same way as you would eat an ice cream on a hot day. The chili of course does the opposite and warms up a cold Pleo like a nice warm stew does for you
Your Pleo can get sick or injured. If your Pleo feels ill some nice healthy mint will help him recover. If he is injured then the salt will help replace vital minerals in the body and help your Pleo heal.
Pleo RB foods:Pleo injuries
So it has happened, there was an accident and your Pleo was bumped or knocked over, and now he won’t stop screaming! Such injuries, usually to the legs, are distressing for both you and your Pleo but help is at hand. Pleo injuries heal faster if they are fed their salt dietary supplement, this is fed in the same way as other foods, but Pleo may be a little reluctant to take it. He will lower his head and rather reluctantly open his mouth so you can give him the salt. Do this as often as you can and your Pleo will soon be on his way to a full recovery.
Injuries are simulated of course and there is no real damage to your Pleo, they are triggered by setting off one of the force feedback sensors, or if you bump a limb during the throw and catch game.
PRO TIP: Positioning your Pleo close to the table edge will make it easier to give him the medicine. See the video below.
A Pleo RB with a sore leg, and how to treat with the salt:A sick Pleo
There are a couple of ways your Pleo can get sick, he can catch a cold from another Reborn (But not a classic Pleo), he might get ill from hunger if you don’t feed him enough or he might just get sick for no reason just like you sometimes do. It is no fun being sick and your Pleo will moan and groan and whine but you can help him feel better by feeding him some nice healthy mint. This is fed in the same way as other foods, but Pleo may be a little reluctant to take it. He will lower his head and rather reluctantly open his mouth so you can give him the salt. Do this as often as you can and your Pleo will soon be on his way to a full recovery.
PRO TIP: Positioning your Pleo close to the table edge will make it easier to give him the medicine.Leaf tracking and tug of war!
After reading the food section above you may now be wondering what the last leaf and the little gray thing with the string are for? Well they are purely for fun! The plastic rubber leaf with the yellow centre and the green and red edge is for Pleo to track. This is quite hard to do, you need really good lighting and lots of patience, hold it in front of your Pleo’s nose and once they lock onto to it they will walk towards it. They take a couple of steps and then scan for the leaf and then move forwards again. While your Pleo is scanning you can move the leaf a little to get your Pleo to change direction. Please see the video below.
Tug of war is a quick and fun game to play with your Pleo, it doesn’t require commands or visual cues, just the little toy and someone to play with
Hold the gray plastic part under your Pleo’s chin just like you would with food, your Pleo will open his mouth and you can give him the toy, then hold onto the string and play! Remember your Pleo is just a baby so don’t pull too hard. Winning gives your Pleo a happiness boost but loosing makes him sad
PRO TIP: Make sure you have extremely good lighting before trying the tracking trick.
Leaf tracking demonstration (the actual tracking takes place halfway through the vid, it takes a while to get them to focus
Tug of war toy demoHot and cold
Pleo reborn has the ability to sense the temperature around him, so you may find that in the summer your Pleo gets too hot. He'll start panting and flop down on the ground just like your dog would. To help your Pleo cool down you can feed him some ice, this is like and ice cream and a cold shower for your Pleo in one handy little package
Conversely your Pleo might get the shivers in the winter, it can be very chilly down on the floor after all. In this case your Pleo will shiver and shake just like you when you get out of bed on a cold morning
The chili food will help warm your Pleo up again like a dressing gown and a hot mug of soup
Please see the above clock sleep and wake video for a shivering Pleo.What do those funny beeps mean?
When Pleo shuts down, either because you've turned them off, or because its past their bedtime, they will emit 1-3 beeps, this helps you determine the reason for their shut down.
1 beep means they have gone into sleep mode and will wake up in about 10 hours time. This is characterized by Pleo have head and tail tucked in and curled to one side.
3 beeps means the battery has gone flat and Pleo has saved his current state before shutting down, it is safe to remove the battery. When the battery is flat Pleo will assume the standard box posture EXCEPT that his head and tail will be down and not straight.
2 beeps means you've manually shut Pleo down and it is now safe to remove the battery. This is also the way to get Pleo into the box position, he/she will have a perfectly straight posture with a straight head and tail which puts the minimum stress on the skin. If you are storing your Pleo for long periods of time this is the position you should use.
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