Here at Engadget HQ, we're having a heated debate on which aspect of this finding is more fascinating. The fact that a Rolly can conduct an entire choir of musical AIBOs, or the fact that we finally understand the purpose of Sony's questionably useful jellybean. Have a look at the video above and to...

February 26th 2009 at 1:07pm 0 Comments
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While robot / human relations seem to be fairly solid at the moment, it looks like the fight has long since been on between canines and their robotic counterparts. Some researchers at Saint Louis University compared Sony's AIBO with a mutt named Sparky at three different nursing homes, to see how r...

February 28th 2008 at 11:16am 0 Comments
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Ho, ho, h-- er, woof, woof, woof! Even though AIBO has been spayed, so to speak, that doesn't mean the little guy can't dress up and get into the Christmas spirit just like the rest of his fellow Roombas and Robosapiens. Plus, we have to say, our old pal looks quite dashing in red.[Image courtesy o...

December 25th 2007 at 2:01pm 0 Comments
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You heard that right, folks. Supposedly, AIBO is back... with a vengeance. According to rumors, the feisty-but-killed robo-dog from Sony is making a comeback with a new paintjob and whole slew of fresh features. First and foremost, the re-upped model will be tailored to interface wirelessly with yo...

December 9th 2007 at 6:16pm 0 Comments
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Just when you think the world has seen its fill of questionably-useful Wiimote hacks, some pranksters have to go and get AIBO involved. Disguised as a research project on human device interaction, the Wiibot hails from University of Calgary and involves a pair of Wiimotes and nunchucks -- the nunch...

November 18th 2007 at 9:54am 0 Comments
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With Sony's AIBO long pushing daisies, it's getting harder and harder to field a team in RoboCup's four-legged league. No longer: meet BJ, the dark lord successor to the Sony AIBO. Developed specifically for research and competition, the BJ from aXi stands 12.2-inches tall and features a Linux OS,...

July 9th 2007 at 5:32am 0 Comments
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While the AIBO is certainly no slouch as it is, a researcher at the ITAM technical institute in Mexico City seems to think it still has plenty more to learn, particularly from rats. To that end, the institute's Alfredo Weitzenfeld recently gave the AIBO a brain transplant of sorts, ditching its qua...

July 5th 2007 at 12:32pm 0 Comments
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It's no secret that robotic pets can bark right alongside the real deals, but unfortunately for those hoping to adopt an Aibo, the pickin's are indeed slim. While details on this one are admittedly scant, a photograph of a robotic dog prototype reportedly displays the brainchild of scientists at TU...

June 30th 2007 at 2:37pm 0 Comments
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Long before the NXT kits hit the mainstream, humanoid guru and robot designer Jin Sato was crafting a mechanical pet of his very own from original LEGO Mindstorm pieces -- not to mention the motors, motherboards, and gear trains to get MIBO movin'. Sure, Sato's rendition isn't nearly as smooth and...

March 25th 2007 at 11:30am 0 Comments
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Oh Aibo, is this the end of your hall of fame career? You've already managed to bravely survive your put down by Sony long enough to learn how to swim, talk (in Sony's own labs), and even spawn a new generation from your fertile robotic loins. But after Sony's announcement that they will not develo...

February 1st 2007 at 10:15am 0 Comments
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The operating parameters for the Aibo -- when it was alive -- were pretty much in line with standard tech: no extreme temperatures, and a maximum of around 80% humidity unless you want your virtual dog to turn into a twitching mess. Adding a little realism to the post-Aibo era is the pictured "swimm...

October 7th 2006 at 11:08pm 0 Comments