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New AIBO - Meet the ERS-7

michael posted more than 10 years ago | from the bow-wow dept.

Toys 186

ejtttje writes "Sony announced today (also here) the ERS-7, the third generation of the AIBO. New specifications include more computational power, improved sensors, and, last but not least, built-in 802.11b WiFi standard! Additional information from the Japanese Flash promo includes this flash video. (8MB, mirror - sorry, no mpg). Sony will also be releasing a new version of the OPEN-R SDK to continue support of third party AIBO developers. (self plug ;) Pre-orders start October 10, and ship early November, for $1599 (in the US)."

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186 comments

MEET TEH SPOKE (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6879894)

Re:MEET TEH SPOKE (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6880019)

The penis: mightier than the sword!

First I want Kate Beckinsdale Post! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6879897)

You know you do too.

Re:First I want Kate Beckinsdale Post! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6879936)

Google Image Search [google.ca] link.

She is a hottie! I'd tap that ass!

Re:First I want Kate Beckinsdale Post! (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6880120)

She only conventionally attractive.

Long curly hair, wears skirt, big boobs and so on. Just like millions and millions of other women.

Give me something different [google.com] instead.

Re:First I want Kate Beckinsdale Post! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6880261)

I'd take a mutilated cow over your skanky ass. Your face has so many zits it looks like a stop sign.
You fell aseleep in the library only to have blind guys read your forehead!

That's Coyote Ugly!

imagine beowulf of those! (2, Funny)

porky_pig_jr (129948) | more than 10 years ago | (#6879900)

or may be we should call it beodog ?

Re:imagine beowulf of those! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6880220)

or scarier yet -- imagine a beowulf cluster of NIGGERS!

omg!

Re:imagine beowulf of those! (2, Funny)

leerpm (570963) | more than 10 years ago | (#6880524)

No, the technical term is BeoWOLF cluster.

*ba-dum-ching!*

Good news for Linux (1, Funny)

Seth Finklestein (582901) | more than 10 years ago | (#6879908)

This new ERS-7 will usher in a new era of robotics wonders. Why, it seems like just yesterday that I got my very first AIBO. It wasn't cheap, either -- it cost over $2,600!

The addition of Wireless Fidelity (or "Wi-Fi") will only improve robot dog technology. I look forward to the day that these robots run Linux.

Re:Good news for Linux (0)

Oryx3 (581472) | more than 10 years ago | (#6880205)

"robot dog technology" ????
"Good news for Linux" ????

Am I the only one that doesn't get this?

Re:Good news for Linux (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6880453)

He's a famous troll. Move along.

Re:Good news for Linux (3, Funny)

Alien Being (18488) | more than 10 years ago | (#6880233)

"Wireless Fidelity"

Remember Victor record label with the dog staring into the horn of a victrola? This one should be staring into a pringles can.

Re:Good news for Linux (3, Interesting)

compass46 (259596) | more than 10 years ago | (#6880339)

Has anyone seriously thought about using AIBOs to detect wireless access points? Why not let them roam freely around a building looking for insecure or unauthorized access points? You could use the camera on the AIBO to take a picture of the location so that a human can investigate the situation later. Heck, could you unleash a pack of them and attempt to triangulate the source of a signal?

Wifi...this could be fun (4, Funny)

Gibble (514795) | more than 10 years ago | (#6879912)

The next reality show...
"Hack the neighbors AIBO"

Re:Wifi...this could be fun (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6880445)

Shouldn't this be called WiFiDo?

Re:Wifi...this could be fun (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6880489)

Make it have a sudden interest in sniffing people's crotches. ;P

ESR-7 (3, Funny)

Gzip Christ (683175) | more than 10 years ago | (#6879919)

I thought for a second that the headline said that the ESR is the new Aibo. Then came the dreams of a massive, self-replicating army of robotic ESRs descending on a certain company in Utah. Then I realized that I am dyslexic. Oh well.

Obvious Consequence (4, Funny)

tunabomber (259585) | more than 10 years ago | (#6879921)

Enter the new hacker sport of WarRoboDogWalking.

Think of the possibilities! (5, Funny)

Prince_Ali (614163) | more than 10 years ago | (#6879922)

New specifications include more computational power, improved sensors, and, last but not least, built-in 802.11b WiFi standard!

Finally an intelligent wireless access point that can move itself around the house!

Re:Think of the possibilities! (1)

mahdi13 (660205) | more than 10 years ago | (#6879951)

That's a great idea!

But at $1,500 I think a couple Linksys WAPs bridging each other is a much more cost effective (yet not as fun) method of full wireless coverage

Whats the point? (-1, Offtopic)

magoolsu (661313) | more than 10 years ago | (#6879925)

If you can't eat the dog, they why have one at all.

All this talk of dogs has made me hungry...I am off to the nearest chinese restaurant

Add robot kids (4, Funny)

danormsby (529805) | more than 10 years ago | (#6879928)

One of these, some robots kids and my family is complete.

Re:Add robot kids (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6880055)

Right, because science hasn't yet figured out how you can reproduce by wacking off to porn in your parent's basement.

Re:Add robot kids (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6880197)

One of these, some robots kids and my family is complete.
Do you already have a robot wife?

Re:Add robot kids (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6880312)

a vibrator?

Re:Add robot kids (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6880554)

and a robot wife! (not untill they become cheap and effecient) (bad simpsons referance)

Re:Add robot kids (1)

Amomynos Coward (674631) | more than 10 years ago | (#6880571)

Somehow I'm not very excited about the idea of a metallic vagina.

The coolest peripheral... (5, Informative)

Mr. Darl McBride (704524) | more than 10 years ago | (#6879929)

The coolest peripheral is one that I'm not sure they'll be showing. They were demonstrating the new Aibo at a small Sony developer gathering the month before last. The gentleman who was doing the demonstration had a tiny remote control with two joysticks and an array of buttons.

If you're like me, you've got an Aibo who does all kinds of cool shit, but only when nobody else is around. When ten people are circling the Aibo and cooing and ahing, the sensors get all confused and he just sits and yaps like he thinks he's blocked. With the remote, he was able to turn off the eyes momentarily, as well as putting the thing in a no-reaction mode where he could just reposition the thing and restart whichever react mode it was in.

If I could get my hands on one of these, I could impress friends more easily, and they'd probably sell a dozen times as many!

Re:The coolest peripheral... (2, Informative)

Mr. Darl McBride (704524) | more than 10 years ago | (#6879954)

I'm a mormon again. I can't type this morning.

s/not sure they'll be showing/not sure they'll be selling/

Regardless, it was a great little controller. From what I could tell, one of the joysticks was dedicated to moving the Aibo, and several of the buttons had fixed functions (labels built on, but in Japanese so I couldn't read them). The other joystick and buttons all had generic number and letter labels, which leads me to think that you could use them with your own Aibo apps, if you picked up the programmer toolkit (if you're on Slash and you picked up an Aibo, you had to have gotten the toolkit too, right?). I think it'd be pretty cool to make the second just adjust where he's "looking." If you hid that thing in your pocket, you could make him seem to follow someone's movements about the room and freak them out more than a little.

Then again, I'd also add a flatulence button. But anyone who's read the press recently already knows I'm not a good person.

Re:The coolest peripheral... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6880065)

If you're like me, you've got an Aibo who does all kinds of cool shit...

You mean, "If you're like me, you've got money coming out of the ass"

Re:The coolest peripheral... (3, Informative)

Mr. Darl McBride (704524) | more than 10 years ago | (#6880134)

I got mine on ebay for less than 1/6th of the new price.

Every time the new models are released, you find a ton of people selling their old ones. Watch for it -- so many hit at the same time, that they go for peanuts.

Good luck, kind sir.

Re:The coolest peripheral... (0)

thung226 (648591) | more than 10 years ago | (#6880352)

The only way to sell these things is to have Julia Roberts walk one down Spring St. in the West Village.

Re:The coolest peripheral... (1)

Mr. Darl McBride (704524) | more than 10 years ago | (#6880405)

I'm sorry. We could only afford Julia Childs and her nine fingers. :(

i wonder (-1, Redundant)

segment (695309) | more than 10 years ago | (#6879939)

if it's vulnerable to blaster... !@!

pink bone ? (5, Funny)

maharg (182366) | more than 10 years ago | (#6879942)

AIBO's clever new behaviour has been rewarded with a new toy, the 'AIBONE'. In the form of a pink bone, AIBO can, for the first time ever, pick it up in it's mouth.

I suppose it can lick it's balls too, just like the real thing !

Re:pink bone ? (0, Funny)

sxltrex (198448) | more than 10 years ago | (#6879982)

Two guys are walking in the park when they see a dog vigorously licking its balls. "I wish I could do that," one of the guys says. The other guys replies "Don't you think you ought to pet him first?"

Badum-ching! :-)

Re:pink bone ? (1)

peterpi (585134) | more than 10 years ago | (#6880371)

Lol, pity about the Offtopic!

Is it a plane, a boat or... No it's AIrBOrne... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6880469)

AIBO's clever new behaviour has been rewarded with a new toy, the 'AIBONE'. In the form of a pink bone, AIBO can, for the first time ever, pick it up in it's mouth.


I suppose it can lick it's balls too, just like the real thing !
This robotic dog is close to the real thing, because its owner can make it AIrBOrne with his boot, just like you can do to your pudel.

WiFi (2, Interesting)

OppressiveGiant (558743) | more than 10 years ago | (#6879948)

WiFi on the Aibos is nothing new.
We [rose-hulman.edu] have a few "older" Aibos. They all of pcmcia wireless cards. They don't support wep, but I'm not too worried about somebody sniffing packets while the dogs talk to each other. The funny part is that the pcmcia slot is in the rear of the dogs between the legs. You gotta stick card in the dog's ass. I guess if the wifi is built in, its more humain than the sepository form.

Sniffing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6880510)

Sounds like a real dog - "arse", "sniffing"

Be sure to change those WEP keys.. (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6879959)

Be sure to change your WEP keys regularly (You are running at least 128-bit WEP, changing it weekly, right?).. You wouldn't want someone spying on you with that built-in camera..

Re:Be sure to change those WEP keys.. (1)

Trigun (685027) | more than 10 years ago | (#6880106)

Sure I would! My neigbours used to stare through my windows all the time. Rather than being forever closing the blinds, I just vacuumed the living room wearing nothing but a well placed sock and rubber soled shoes (Safety first!). After having to bend over to move the ottoman one time too many, the problem mystically solved itself.

Re:Be sure to change those WEP keys.. (1)

nullgel (602884) | more than 10 years ago | (#6880457)

That's my plan [nullgel.com] .

I can see it now (4, Funny)

orpheus2000 (166384) | more than 10 years ago | (#6879962)

"Someone hacked my dog from the internet and made it piss all over the bed"

Mmmm, wardriving just got more interesting.

Even better (1)

TheConfusedOne (442158) | more than 10 years ago | (#6880223)

Hack the teacher's AIBO, have it eat ALL the homework. :-D

Why I wont buy AIBO. (2, Funny)

stratjakt (596332) | more than 10 years ago | (#6879967)

Sony is behind it! Sony is bad like MSFT! I hate them.

When Steve Jobs announces half the product for twice the cost, then I'll be interested!

I cant wait for my iWiFAIBO G5!

Re:Why I wont buy AIBO. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6880137)

Nah, in 3 years MSFT is going to ship its version. Xbo the robotic elephant (Full size to start, but they will release a pigmi elephant version later)

And Nintendo will ship its SmartCat. Smaller and cuter then The AIBO or the Xbo.

Re:Why I wont buy AIBO. (1)

SpamJunkie (557825) | more than 10 years ago | (#6880226)

It'll be called the iBo. It won't be a dog, or a cat either, but an iguana. Or a bird. Probably be the first robotic pet that can fly, which is really impressive since it's made out of space grade aluminium.

Another thing to consider is that you're just a troll, stratjakt. Anything you say should be divided by a factor of idiocy and ignored.

Re:Why I wont buy AIBO. (1)

tunabomber (259585) | more than 10 years ago | (#6880521)

I cant wait for my iWiFAIBO G5!

I was going to guess that it'd e called the AIBOrt Hub.

What exactly is the point of an Aibo? (3, Insightful)

Wonderkid (541329) | more than 10 years ago | (#6879980)

It doesn't do anything at all useful. If people want a pet, far better to own a real animal that will teach the owner about responsibility and patience - after all, you cannot turn a puppy off. The type of robot that IS useful is the Roomba (spelling?) that vacuums the floor and from reviews, appears to do a good job too. Anyway, I'm a pussy man.

Re:What exactly is the point of an Aibo? (1)

AKnightCowboy (608632) | more than 10 years ago | (#6880014)

It doesn't do anything at all useful.

Of course it does. It teaches you the responsible spending of money. For example, if you picked up a puppy from the APL, that is called responsible spending. If you bought an AIBO you are a fucking moron and should have your credit card cut up because you obviously have too much money or too much credit (or both) for your own good.

Re:What exactly is the point of an Aibo? (2, Interesting)

pdc (19855) | more than 10 years ago | (#6880318)

On the other hand, how much does it cost to keep a live dog? If it costs $1 a day to feed it, then your AIBO would be cheaper after four years or so. That's not counting pet bills, increased cleaning bills, and replacing chewed valuables...

Not to mention, keeping a flesh-and-blood dog in a city is not very nice for the dog, especially if it is in some tiny house where it cannot be walked every day because everyone's out walking, or because its owner is old and can't get out much or whatever.

Re:What exactly is the point of an Aibo? (1)

EddWo (180780) | more than 10 years ago | (#6880465)

If everyone is out walking, why don't they take their dog with them?

Re:What exactly is the point of an Aibo? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6880179)

If people want a pet, far better to own a real animal that will teach the owner about responsibility and patience

And give asthmatics like me a fucking anaphylactic shock just being near one. Today I almost punched a dog owner in the face for bringing her killer-on-four-feet on a bus. It's a goddamn public transportation and these people are well aware that the crap their precious pet spreads around may very well kill someone on the spot.

Re:What exactly is the point of an Aibo? (1)

Glen Ponda (599385) | more than 10 years ago | (#6880400)

these people are well aware that the crap their precious pet spreads around may very well kill someone on the spot.

Whereas your stupid invective will just piss them off on the spot.

Re:What exactly is the point of an Aibo? (1)

Wonderkid (541329) | more than 10 years ago | (#6880423)

The reason you are asmatic is, like most of the western world, because through no fault of your own you were bought up in a home where the windows were closed most of the time so your body was unable (as it is supposed to do) to adapt to the environment. This has been proven in counteless surveys world-wide. No offence intended, but the PCBs used in the manufacturer of Aibo (and most other plastic items) may render you or your offspring sterile or gay.

Re:What exactly is the point of an Aibo? (4, Insightful)

pubjames (468013) | more than 10 years ago | (#6880199)

What exactly is the point of an Aibo?

Well, at the moment, there isn't much point, other than entertainment.

But I think it represents increadible long term thinking on the part of Sony. They are getting experience in developing and marketing domestic robots. There must be $$$ of R&D going into this, and I expect that Sony isn't making a profit on it. But all the functionality that's going into Aibo - I bet within ten years Sony will be able to create a human size human robot that can perform simple actions from voice commands - i.e. "pick that newspaper up off the coffee table and bring it to me". There might not be much of a market for Aibo at the moment, but imagine the market for a robot that can do that -- great for older people and the handicapped, as well of a million other uses we'll probably only think of once domestic robots are commonplace.

When this type of domestic robot is possible, Sony is going to be years ahead of any other company in the technical development, manufacture and marketing of them. Respect to Sony.

Re:What exactly is the point of an Aibo? (1)

Wonderkid (541329) | more than 10 years ago | (#6880386)

Such a world will be horrible. We already have humanoid robots, they are called 'family'. See the movie 'AI'.

Re:What exactly is the point of an Aibo? (1)

cnelzie (451984) | more than 10 years ago | (#6880582)

Such a world would be wonderful to live in... We could benefit from Robotic Assistants and companions... See the movie 'Bicentenial Man'.

Re:What exactly is the point of an Aibo? (2, Funny)

GTRacer (234395) | more than 10 years ago | (#6880403)

...after all, you cannot turn a puppy off.

Sure you can! You just won't be able to turn him back on again!

GTRacer
- More of a cat person

Re:What exactly is the point of an Aibo? (2, Funny)

Suidae (162977) | more than 10 years ago | (#6880470)

Turning on your dog is illegal in most areas of the US, regardless of what all those videos on the 'net show.

To increase Sony's Profits of course (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6880543)


you didnt think it was for something else did you ? why else would it be 1000$+ do you think clever peop[le are going to buy this ?
just another "hey look at me , iam white fat lazy and proud" toy

Disappointing video (2, Informative)

Lorphos (194963) | more than 10 years ago | (#6880007)

I was interested in the new Aibo, but the flash-video is a downer. The new Aibo moves very slowly and robo-like.. i was hoping it'd be a lot smoother and faster.
The SDK looks cool though.

And I, for one .... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6880017)

... welcome our robotic dog overlords.

You knew it *had* to be said.

"Go Daggit!"

A penny for... (5, Funny)

pjcreath (513472) | more than 10 years ago | (#6880025)

The ERS-7 can understand nearly 180 voice commands

Including "give me back my $1599"?

A.I. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6880086)

i think i'm gonna wait until teddy comes out....Maybe David

What kind of crummy video is that? (2, Insightful)

NaveWeiss (567082) | more than 10 years ago | (#6880100)

8 megs and it just shows the bot walking and fetching a bone? Come on!!

It kinda cute how it notices the bone and wags its tail after picking it up, but stil.. for the ultimate experience, you should get a real dog..

Here's an idea: You can use the bot to train the dog. For example.. guard the sofa so the dog won't sit on it and stuff.

IMHO (4, Funny)

mbrod (19122) | more than 10 years ago | (#6880103)

Wow 7 completely different acronyms in one story post. Not bad.

Aibo in Space? (1)

DeadVulcan (182139) | more than 10 years ago | (#6880119)

For a moment, I thought that an Aibo was launched into space with some new European earth observation satellite [esa.int] . And I was thinking, what the HELL kind of publicity stunt is THIS???

Obivous? (4, Funny)

kurosawdust (654754) | more than 10 years ago | (#6880121)

The model with built-in firearms is, of course, the ESR-7...

Re:Obivous? (1)

el_flynn (1279) | more than 10 years ago | (#6880267)

Yes, and he comes pre-programmed to bark, snarf and generally heckle any SCO execs in the general vicinity.

I don't like my aibo (4, Informative)

peterpi (585134) | more than 10 years ago | (#6880139)

Hello.

I have (well, my team at work has...) and aibo ERS-220, and it really is a heap of shit. This is not a troll; I really do have one, and it really is shit.

We were expecting it to do cool stuff, but it just wonders round the room bumping into stuff. After a while it sits down and plays a little song. After doing this a few times it runs out of battery and dies.

That's it. Biggest waste of two thousand pounds ever. Now the new one's come out we'll be lucky to get four hundred for it on eBay.

I'm done now (:

Re:I don't like my aibo (1)

cjustus (601772) | more than 10 years ago | (#6880243)

I watched the video link... Quick question for AIBO owners: Is that the speed that they travel at? Can they run or cover more floor space faster?

Re:I don't like my aibo (1)

peterpi (585134) | more than 10 years ago | (#6880527)

The video shows the aibo performing at its absolute best. That is as fast as it goes.

Note the shape of the table. From the aibo's point of view, it's staring at a wall. If you have a table with regular legs it won't have a chance.

Also note how long it takes to pick up the toy (and the surrounding area is completely empty). Cute the first time, I guess.

Re:I don't like my aibo (2, Insightful)

Rogerborg (306625) | more than 10 years ago | (#6880303)

Um, quite. I always got the feeling that the difference between an Aibo and a cheap knock off was this:

  • Aibo knock off: Cheap plastic full of dumb technology.
  • Genuine Aibo: Cheap plastic full of smart technology that they promise will actually do stuff in the N+1 version.

Re:I don't like my aibo (1)

glassesmonkey (684291) | more than 10 years ago | (#6880478)

What kind of "team" and/or "work" involves buying thousand dollar toys?

And what exactly "cool stuff" were you all "expecting".

(Note: this is a lot funny with Austin Power style finger quoting)

Re:I don't like my aibo (1)

peterpi (585134) | more than 10 years ago | (#6880511)

Computer games (check my bio).

To be honest I don't really know what we were expecting it to do.

Amen (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6880584)


in our house we feel exactly the same, spent 2grand on a piece of plastic shit that is just 1step beyond a childs toy, walks about plays its ringtone sounding songs flashes a few lights then runs out of power then goes and charges for 8 hours.
Sony must be lauging in their gold plated boardrooms that white folk are stupid enough to buy them

I, for one, welcome our new ERS-7 overlords! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6880194)

duh

What if TAERO meets Aquada?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6880209)

These two companies should hook up.

http://www.aerospectives.com
http://news.findla w.com/ap_stories/images/9-3-2003 /lon80609030912.html

Jetsons (3, Funny)

metalligoth (672285) | more than 10 years ago | (#6880221)

Did anyone else feel like they were watching the Jetsons when they saw that flash video? Some of this stuff is so cool, I think for a second, "Nah, that can only happen in the future, like after the year 2001 or something.... Oh."

Please, someone, please... (3, Funny)

Jedi Holocron (225191) | more than 10 years ago | (#6880234)

Hack these with a worm or something so they all wander around exclaiming, "EXTERMINATE!"

new aibo (1)

fussman (607784) | more than 10 years ago | (#6880254)

New aibo w/wifi == free hot spot sniffer.
Your wireless connection will never be safe!

Re:new aibo (1)

jandrese (485) | more than 10 years ago | (#6880311)

Yeah, it's $1600 free!

AIBO AI Mind (4, Informative)

Mentifex (187202) | more than 10 years ago | (#6880265)

The Aibo Kennel Club [aibokennelclub.org] has an Aibo AI Mind [aibokennelclub.org] that needs some re-working and hacking so as to be installed in your pet robot dog -- making it an intelligent companion.

A Python Software Development (SDK) [evolution.com] is available for the Evolution Robotics ER1 Personal Robot -- why not for the Aibo?

The Python AI Weblog [sourceforge.net] is a start for coding Python AI minds for Aibos and other robots.

The Visual Basic AI Weblog [e-mind.org] promotes AI coding not just for Aibo pet dogs but for humanoid robots.

The Perl AI Weblog [visitware.com] is for perl geeks, Aibo owners, and coders of server-side 'Net-roaming AI.

The Lisp AI Weblog [virtualentity.com] goes beyond Aibo and other toys into the most serious AI theory [scn.org] and practice.

Please support public-domain open-source artificial intelligence for Aibo and all other robots.

Mirror? (1)

MoobY (207480) | more than 10 years ago | (#6880285)

The mirror is slower than the original site, and, why bother? The 8MB isn't worth it at all. You can see an aibo picking up its "aiBONE". *wow*

K-9 and Company? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6880297)

I hope I'm not the only one that has the theme music from the short-lived Doctor Who spinoff "K-9 and Company" stuck in my head.

K9 Doo dooo deee deee doo doo K9

It's not often that Doctor Who fans get to see some new technology that their favourite program envisioned. Now if only this came equipped with a laser beam in the snout and a voice synthesiser to reply "yes master" in the appropriate British accent when called.

802.11b WiFi on an AIBO? (1)

snooo53 (663796) | more than 10 years ago | (#6880304)

Why that gives a whole new meaning to packet sniffing!

Yes but... (1, Funny)

Greyfox (87712) | more than 10 years ago | (#6880328)

When will they mount a LASER on its FREAKING HEAD?

There's a little Dr. Evil in all of us...

Woof...Woof. Hi, I'm Rags. Woof...Woof (0)

petepac (194110) | more than 10 years ago | (#6880343)

Woody Allen should sue for copyright infringement.

Um (5, Funny)

jguevin (453329) | more than 10 years ago | (#6880368)

From the press release: "For example, the owner can send an email instruction to AIBO asking it to take an unsuspecting picture of the
owner's children and send it back to the mobile telephone."

Spy on your children with AIBO! Seriously, that's pretty creepy. But I suppose the first time a kid gets in trouble because AIBO was snooping around, he'll

1) Stop doing naughty stuff when AIBO is around.
2) Put a towel over AIBO's head.
3) Hack AIBO to send dad a picture of the kids sitting around reading books.
4) Hack AIBO to send a picture of dad in a compromising position to dad's boss.
5) Have a swarm of BattleBugs attack AIBO.

Poor Man's AIBO (1)

WC as Kato (675505) | more than 10 years ago | (#6880391)

If you want a cheaper, less intelligent but still cool robot dog, get an I-Cybie. I don't believe it is being manufactured any more but there are still accessories available for it [i-cybie.com] . It's a babe magnet for the poor geek.

Power Source (1)

jcdick1 (254644) | more than 10 years ago | (#6880409)

Remembering this [slashdot.org] , perhaps the 4th generation Aibo could use similar technology. And with the AIBOne bone thing in this unit, its a step toward having it feed itself.

Drop a couple little hydrogen capsule "treats" in a bowl, and then go around picking up empty ones from behind the couch.

Nice doggie (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6880417)

A flamethrower and/or a chainsaw on Aibo, and he's all set for Robot Wars! [robotwars.com]

I don't know.... (1)

greymond (539980) | more than 10 years ago | (#6880455)

I think these are really cool, but from playing with my cat, all I really want is a pet that can talk and do things for me. I swear if my cat coul get me a beer from the fridge by just me telling him, i'd be willing to pay a few grand for that.

On another note this whole camera in the AIBO that you can watch - does anyone else think of "Familiars"

Re:I don't know.... (1)

JaredOfEuropa (526365) | more than 10 years ago | (#6880531)

Uh, you missed the point of cats completely didn't you? A cat isn't supposed to fetch you beers, their purpose is to scratch your furniture, break anything expensive they can get their paws on, chew through speaker cables and mouse cords, and generally do whatever the hell they want.

That's why I got two of the little monsters.

Futurama Quote (2, Funny)

secs (262721) | more than 10 years ago | (#6880515)

"Robo Puppy commencing 2 hour yipping session. Yip! Yip! Yip! Yip! Yip! Yip!" -- Robo Puppy

Whew! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6880552)

For a minute there, I thought it was the "ESR-7". The first is annoying enough...

Obligatory simpsons quote. (1)

CaptIronfist (457257) | more than 10 years ago | (#6880586)

Smithers, release the AIBO dolls.
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