Hi everyone! Thanks again for all the positive feedback. The contest BanDai was holding for new toy development ended earlier this month - so consider this little project for our entertainment and enjoyment.
@melanie43 - I know exactly what you are talking about. I actually just came across that virtual pet the other day, but can't remember what it was called! Regardless, the alert function of another Tamagotchi near by could be really neat - especially if they became popular again.
A few other members have mentioned connecting to TamaTown via their Tamagotchi over WiFi or Bluetooth connection. Right now, I don't see how it would be possible to incorporate that technology into a Tamagotchi. Navigating a simplified version of TamaTown on a tiny screen with three buttons doesn't seem very intuitive to me - it may be much easier to navigate via your computer and then download additional data via USB cable. It will also preserve battery life and keep the process of operation much more simple.
It's very important, to me at least, to keep the Tamagotchi a simple device to use. While I really enjoy the ID L, it seems as though it's bursting at the seams with features, items, places to visit, etc. Not to say that the VIBE would be a dumbed down version of the ID L, just tweaked to focus on the really fun features of current and past Tamas. Ultimately, it would be wonderful to have a useful and dedicated online community and ecosystem attached to the VIBE. Similar to the iOS devices - without apps and iTunes they are simply just another touch device. The additional features of apps and readily available music to be instantly downloaded are what make them so attractive. Somehow, I'd like to take that model and create an ecosystem to make Tamagotchi great again.
Perhaps down the road there will be a touch screen Tamagotchi, similar to the new iPod Nano's. The screen is relatively small, but the operation is still quite simple and intuitive. The battery life is also fantastic, but the price point is a bit high..$129+. As touch-screen technology becomes more common in small consumer devices, the price will surely drop. Another concept in the making, perhaps?