Sony Discontinues the Aibo

By Deane Barker on January 30, 2006

Dog days for Sony’s cult robot: The Aibo is no more.

The Aibo, which was introduced in 1999, is being discontinued as part of Sony’s move to improve its financial position. […]

With little marketing or promotion, the Aibo robot gained a cultlike following around the world. Its programmed actions include barking, pushing a ball and lifting its leg, and it can “learn,” becoming more adept at behaviors over time. Using different software stored on memory sticks, Aibo also gives the illusion of development by becoming able to perform different age-appropriate tasks.