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Sony unviels another robot pet

By skim123 in MLP
Sun Oct 15, 2000 at 02:02:30 PM EST
Tags: Technology (all tags)
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According to an ABCNews.com article, Sony has let out a new, more affordable, more functional pet robot dog, a successor to the wildly popular AIBO (which sold out amazingly fast considering it's cost was around $3,000 USD.


The new AIBO is cheaper ($1,500 USD) and is intended to make a profit. Also (thankfully), more units will be produced - Sony indicates it can handle 60,000 orders a month for this new pooch. From the article: "Equipped with a camera in its nose to snap those special moments, it can also better express anger or joy and has a much cheaper price tag ... 'From the first day you interact with Aibo it will become your new companion,' a Sony promotional video said as several new Aibos were shown cavorting, waggling their ears and avoiding objects in their path."

Neat... if only these things were about $1,400 cheaper, I'd pick up a pair of them!

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Sony unviels another robot pet | 3 comments (2 topical, 1 editorial, 0 hidden)
Missed the neatest features... (3.80 / 5) (#1)
by Dj on Sun Oct 15, 2000 at 06:17:50 AM EST

The new Aibo can take a wireless Lan card so you can have it roam while seeing what it sees. It also now is capable of responding to voice. We already have an Aibo here. It's a fantastic bit of electronics and mechanics and expecting it to be $100 is a bit like expecting Pentium 4s to arrive for $5.

Unlike other "robot pets" this is a fully mobile device with audio, video, contact and other sensors. And you can even treat it as a platform (there is a development kit in the works, beyond the master performer kit).



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by skim123 on Sun Oct 15, 2000 at 05:31:20 PM EST

It's a fantastic bit of electronics and mechanics and expecting it to be $100 is a bit like expecting Pentium 4s to arrive for $5

I agree that such a cost may be obscenely low... but it would be neat to see these things become a staple in every household, and for that to come true, the cost must come down. Only the well off (or extremely bored) can justify dropping $1,500 - $3,000 on a robot dog! :-)

Money is in some respects like fire; it is a very excellent servant but a terrible master.
PT Barnum


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