The New Sony Aibo ERS-1000

There are a number of videos surfacing of the newly announced Sony Aibo ERS-1000. Here’s a selection of them…

The ERS-1000 will launch in January in Japan only, other markets are expected to follow but no timeline was given. Initial cost will be around 200,000 yen but customers will need to take out an additional subscription plan to purchase and install extra abilities.

As in previous models, the dog will learn from its owners and environment to build its develop its own unique personality. It will move and act more like a real dog and will incorporate fish eye lens cameras, wifi connectivity ans well as location and mapping software.

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The Aibo Resurrected

Sony today announced the launch of a new Aibo model eleven years after the robotic dog companion was discontinued.

The ERS-1000 will launch in January in Japan only, other markets are expected to follow but no timeline was given. Initial cost will be around 200,000 yen but customers will need to take out an additional subscription plan to purchase and install extra abilities.

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As in previous models, the dog will learn from its owners and environment to build its develop its own unique personality. It will move and act more like a real dog and will incorporate fish eye lens cameras, wifi connectivity ans well as location and mapping software.

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Whatever Happened To Robotic Dogs?

Techradar recently ran a piece asking Whatever Happened to Robotic Dogs, an article that looked at the history of robotic dogs including the Sony Aibo. You can read the full article here.

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The Family Dog

The New York Times recently interviewed a series of owners, whose Aibos are a central part of their lives, but are slowly having to come to the fact that their dogs have a life expectancy. The video shows the plight of current-day Aibo owners in a completely heartbreaking video.

Thanks to a shortage of parts, Sony stopped repairing Aibos in March 2014. Repair work is now left to home-grown technicians, who have to cannibalize some Aibos to fix others. Read more ›

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Aibo Inducted Into Museum Hall Of Fame

Sony’s Aibo robot dogs were recently inducted into Japan’s National Museum of Nature and Science “Hall of Fame”. The hall of fame is a heritage list which recognizes products that helped advance technology or had a substantial impact on the culture or economy in Japan.

You can read the full article here

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