Sony’s Robot Dog Costs As Much As A Car
Why get a real dog when you can get a robotic dog from Sony for $2,899?
We’ve seen our fair share of electronic dogs, ranging from the WowWee CHiP dog to Georgie, the interactive plush pup but we’ve never seen one quite as expensive as Sony's Aibo. Even though these types of robot hounds have been around since the ‘90s, Sony has been selling its version of the toy overseas, given that the market is saturated with a variety of more affordable options.
Sony debuted a smarter version of the robot friend last year, which came equipped with facial recognition, OLED eyes, the ability to learn things and have a personality, thanks to its artificial intelligence. It even had a few image sensors and cameras built in that helped it detect sounds and movements around it.
Given that the company has already sold 20,000 of the revamped robo-dogs within the past 7 months, it has decided that it’s now time to bring the dog to the states – for only $2,899. At that price, you could also grab yourself a 2000 Toyota Avalon.
Even though the price might be a bit steep, the dog can do some pretty cool stuff – including playing dead, lying down, shaking its head and giving high fives. Thanks to its built-in AI, Aibo is also constantly learning new tricks. For those out there looking to grab one, you better pick it up as soon as you can starting September, given that the dog will only be temporarily sold in the United States.
While many of us may find Sony synonymous with TVs or cool mirrorless cameras, it has been working hard to grow within the robotic and artificial intelligence sectors. It even recently partnered with Carnegie Mellon University to develop food prep and delivery robots that might one day be capable of working in small spaces while handling irregularly shaped and fragile objects. Ok Sony, we see you.
While probably not worth the price tag for most people, Sony’s robo-pup Aibo is pretty cool. Let us know what you think about the dog in the comments section below and be sure to subscribe The Sitch for more robotic dog updates and other entertaining reads.