Meet Aibo The Robotic Dog

Are you allergic to dogs, but have always wanted one?

Do you live in a place that doesn't allow dogs, but you've always wanted one?

I have got GREAT news for you, Sony has you covered.  

Well, covered, IF you have about $3,000 to shell out!

Meet Aibo, the robot puppy.  And it's ADORABLE!

In a press release last week, Sony Electronics announced plans to offer a special 'First Litter Edition' of their robotic dog specifically in the U.S.  Up until now, it's been available in Japan.

According to the press release:

"Sony's First Litter Edition for the U.S. will be a limited, all-in-one aibo bundle that includes the aibo1, a three-year AI Cloud Plan2, a fun assortment of aibo toys, and an individually numbered commemorative dog tag."

Sony first debuted Aibo in 1999, and it's gone through several design updates since.  The most recent design, though, is the most impressive.  

According to the press release

"Unlike previous versions, it pairs cutting-edge robotics with a new, cloud-connected artificial intelligence (AI) engine and advanced image sensors, giving aibo the ability to learn and recognize faces. As aibo interacts with people over time, it develops its own unique personality through everyday interactions, enabling it to remember what actions make its owner happy and form a deep bond with members of the household.

No two aibo companion robots are the same. Each owner's approach to raising their aibo shapes its personality, behavior and knowledge, creating a unique environment for growth. In fact, aibo is able to learn new tricks through owners' interactions, experiences with changing seasons and different events. Not content to sit and wait to be beckoned, aibo will actively seek out its owners and can recognize their faces. It can also detect words of praise and smiles, as well as react to being petted or scratched on the head."

Now, all of us here on Wake Up Call LOVE dogs...but that sounds a LITTLE FREAKY! 

If you are in or near New York before October 14th, you can see Aibo in person being exhibited at Sony Square NYC, that's the ONLY place you can experience it in person before it goes on sale next month with a price tag of... $2,899!

But guess what, Sony says that if you order it in September, you will get delivery...'in time for the holidays!'  So, who on your Christmas list do you think MUST have one? 

You can find out more about Aibo and get updates on when it's going on sale HERE

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