Sony has announced the first new color variant of its rebooted Aibo robot dog. The “Choco Edition” gives Aibo a coat in two lovely shades of brown, retaining the white legs and paws.
As ever, robot dogs don’t come cheap. The Aibo costs 198,000 yen in Japan, or about $1,800, with a 2,980-yen ($27)-a-month plan on top for LTE connectivity and cloud services — though you do get a discount if you pay for three years up front.
Perhaps in order to convince potential buyers of the value of a robot dog, Sony is partnering with Japanese home security firm Secom to provide new functionality. Sony has also coined the word “
By Sam Byford