According to The Wall Street Journal, Sony is reportedly preparing to develop a spiritual successor to its AIBO line of robotic dogs.
If you were around during the late 1990s, you might well remember Sony’s famous AIBO series of robotic dogs. Billed as “entertainment robots”, the devices were used for educational purposes, research, and even simple domestic use.
The Sony AIBO series was billed as “the most sophisticated product ever offered in the consumer robot marketplace” by the Carnegie Mellon University Robot Hall of Fame, and has gone on to entrench itself in the heart of pop culture – and now Sony reportedly has plans to ressurect its robotic canine family from the grave.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the Japanese company is reportedly seeking to refurbish its AIBO lineup with models that sport improved movement and will leverage internet connectivity to control household appliances.
Yes, you did read that correctly – your robotic dog may be able to turn on the house lights while you’re away.
It remains unclear as to whether Sony’s revitalized lineup would feature the same name, or even whether it would carry the same price tag – previous AIBO models have set consumer back amounts up to $2500 USD.
AIBO, of course, was killed off back in 2006 as a part Sony’s bid to cut costs – while futuristic, the models never truly achieved widespread commercial adoption despite entrenching themselves in the “futuristic” category of nearly every technology convention or road show.
What are your thoughts? Would you be willing to purchase a newer, and perhaps ‘smarter’ AIBO model? Be sure to let us know your opinion in the comments below!