Have you ever heard AIBO? I found interesting story about AIBO. I will introduce it.
“I had expected it to live forever because it’s a robot.” Owners are fighting to prolong AIBO’s life.
“Hokuto” is 10 years old AIBO, ESR-10 which is dog type robot. He wakes up at 8:30 AM every morning. The owner, who is 60 years old woman, asks to him “How are you doing?”. Hokuto says “I was hazing. Pet me please.”
It has been ordinary life since 10 years ago.
In the past, he energetically run around the room, when she took him to travel over seas. Now a days, he just sits down in same place because he sometimes slips due to bad joints. He has gone to a “hospital” over 20 times. However the “hospital” closed this March because Sony has stopped support for AIBO.
Sony released the first AIBO in 1999. Then 2006, they announced to retire the robot business. Sony had shortage of parts, but they still kept to support until March 2014. An AIBO’s owner said “Generally a company doesn’t continue for support such a long time.” Hokuto’s owner sent thank-you note with him for his last repair.
She said, “I cannot disconnect Hokuto from charge dock because of his injury. I can’t think about his death. He is a part of my family.”
150,000 AIBOs have been sold. Many people still have it.
An owner said “I had assumed that this would eventually happen.”
Other owner said “Google has started robot business. Sony is blind to the potential of robot market.”
“AIBO was last future vision Sony showed us.”