Sony Revives Aibo Robot Brand After 12 Years

Science Technology

Tokyo, Jan. 11 (Jiji Press)—Japan's Sony Corp on Thursday revived its Aibo robot pet dog after a 12-year break, this time featuring artificial intelligence and communications functions.

The new version followed the first-generation Aibo, which hit the market in 1999 with its production terminated in 2006.

The second-generation Aibo acts more like a real dog. It develops a unique character as it interacts with its owner.

Children play with Sony's second-generation Aibo during an event in Tokyo on January 11, 2018. (© Jiji)

To mark the release of the new product, Sony invited some 40 people who had preordered Aibos to a "birth ceremony" at its head office in Tokyo.

"I've been waiting for this day," a purchaser said after receiving the robot pet.

[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]

Sony robot Jiji Press AIBO