Sony Aibo first impressions: old robot dog, new tricks

D'aww! But no touching.

281 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

    Sponsored Links

    Sony revived its robodog series late last year, offering a limited first run of next-generation Aibos for keen Japanese fans. Despite a killer $1,800 price-tag, the company apparently sold plenty, and those preordered Aibos are finally on their way to their new owners. Finally, the company has brought the new robotic pet over to Vegas for the week from Japan, and while I could coo in Aibo's general direction, unfortunately, no petting was allowed. Regardless, it was disarmingly cute.

    Gallery: Sony Aibo robot puppy | 11 Photos

    The dog understood a handful of English-language directions, including hand-shaking and commands to sit. The revived Aibo has cute, glassy OLED eyes and a camera inside its nose, which can act as a webcam for your home when you're away. The robopup contains a quad-core CPU, built-in LTE and WiFi, as well as motors and gyroscopes to augment the 22 different articulated parts. It has speaker for robotic yips and yaps and four microphones to pick up voice commands -- something it was capable of doing despite the noise of a packed Sony press event.

    Multiple touch-sensitive zones on Aibo's back, front and head ensured the robot visibly reacted to the Sony-approved robodog handlers, but I'm more interested to see how the robot dog behaves once it learns to differentiate between owners. According to Sony spokesman, your Aibo will begin to learn which humans give the best snuggles, or at least whoever pets it the most.

    Dogs may be man's best friend but Aibo won't be yours unless you give it some love -- no matter how much you paid for it.

    All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
    Comment
    Comments
    Share
    281 Shares
    Share
    Tweet
    Share
    Save

    Popular on Engadget

    Engadget's Guide to Privacy

    Engadget's Guide to Privacy

    View
    'Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot' arrives on January 17th, 2020

    'Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot' arrives on January 17th, 2020

    View
    Nintendo is holding an online 'Mario Kart 8 Deluxe' tournament this Sunday

    Nintendo is holding an online 'Mario Kart 8 Deluxe' tournament this Sunday

    View
    LinkedIn's new quizzes can prove you're not lying on your resume

    LinkedIn's new quizzes can prove you're not lying on your resume

    View
    Rockstar rolls out its own PC games launcher

    Rockstar rolls out its own PC games launcher

    View

    From around the web

    Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr