Aibo robot just melted the hearts of a room full of tech bloggers

Sony’s CES group discussion was an enormous ole bag of nothing, even by Sony CES group discussion standards. however one little toward the top did manage to impress — even managing to elicit AN perceptible “awww” from an area packed with jaded school bloggers thirstily waiting behind a skinny rope line. All it took was a combine of endearing, contemporary long-faced robotic dogs —the long expected come of the Aibo.

After the very pithy news conference wound down (clocking in at a breezy 25 minutes), reps walked out from behind a hidden door and bought a combine of the robot-pups into a faux front room space — the Aibo’s natural habit, it seems. once some seconds, it’s clear that the pup has come back an extended method since its lost go-round, in terms of mechanics.

 

Once you get passed it’s shiny plastic coat, the damn issue is amazingly lifelike, waddling around awkwardly sort of a young pup still obtaining its bearings. encircled by strange faces, the dog released a little of a whimper,  however ultimately performed laudably, responding to a back scratch and acknowledges its master’s face.It even managed to sit down on command each once in a very whereas, that is actually all you’ll raise of a young dog.

And then there’s the price, which is a hell of a lot less appealing than those electronic puppy dog eyes. It’s still only announced for Japanese release, which will run you 198,000 JPY (~$1,735). And then there’s the $26/month service fee — which, I don’t know, I guess you’d be paying a bunch in dog food and such if it was the real thing.

Here’s hoping the company maintains that for a while this time out. The last batch of Aibo owners watched their pets die a prolonged death at the hands of market forces, in a kind ofBlade Runner meets Old Yeller scenario.

Even the OLED eyes are surprisingly effective. As multiple Furby reboots have taught us, that sort of thing can go horribly wrong, blowing past the uncanny valley into something even more deeply horrifying.

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