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Aibo – remember that robot dog from the 90s? It’s back!

I remember when Sony put out its first electronic dog. There was a live demo in Epcot where I was vacationing after graduating from high school. They were small, but really kind of neat. Now there are people holding funerals for theirs because life is strange and tech doesn’t last forever. They stopped making them in 2006 but if you loved these robo dogs, good news! Sony is bringing the Aibo back to life!

Aibo is a robot companion in the shape of a dog. The idea is that they start off sort of like puppy (with less mess) and their personality grows as you spend time with it. They can learn things and perform simple tasks.

The new models are pretty much the same albeit with better technology as our AI systems have all gotten better since they first started developing these in 1993. They’re going on sale in January but only in Japan. Foreign distribution is still being discussed. Check the video to see the new version in action.

Donyae’s love for technology is based on a need to survive our future robotic overlords. Know thy enemy as you know yourself. But since even odds are on the zombie future, she has also learned how to prepare squirrel. You can find her on Facebook until the robots – or zombies – rise up.

Donyae Coles – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.


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