Sony Pulls the Plug on AIBO
January 27, 2006 4:17 AM   Subscribe

Good Dog AIBO.
Arf, Arf, he goes, a merry sight
Our little hairy friend
Arf, Arf, upon the lampost bright
Arfing round the bend.
Nice dog! Goo boy,
Waggie tail and beg, Clever AIBO, jump for joy,

Because we are putting you to sleep at three of the clock, AIBO.

with apologies to john lennon (thanks piratebowling )
posted by three blind mice (24 comments total)

 
sony made $20 billion in three months? woof.
posted by phaedon at 4:30 AM on January 27, 2006


At last.
posted by NewBornHippy at 4:40 AM on January 27, 2006


AIBO?

I would like an NS-5 please.
posted by caddis at 4:55 AM on January 27, 2006


Rest in pieces.
posted by furtive at 4:57 AM on January 27, 2006


So, robots are our past not our future? Sony nipped the rise of the robot overlords in the bud, I guess.

Last link doesn't work.
posted by melt away at 5:02 AM on January 27, 2006


melt: it works if you copy the url from the post and paste it in the location bar. blame tripod.
posted by beerbajay at 5:30 AM on January 27, 2006


If you look at how ugly the latest version is - it's no surprise they dropped it
posted by Lanark at 5:41 AM on January 27, 2006


.
posted by madamjujujive at 5:50 AM on January 27, 2006


K-9 > Aibo


posted by stumcg at 6:01 AM on January 27, 2006


bring back K9!
posted by moonbird at 6:02 AM on January 27, 2006


moonbird: they are.
posted by bouncebounce at 6:06 AM on January 27, 2006


arf!
posted by trondant at 6:32 AM on January 27, 2006


MC Chris finally got his wish.
posted by stifford at 6:35 AM on January 27, 2006


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posted by Rothko at 6:44 AM on January 27, 2006


This isn't true. Not at all. They're sending AIBO to a nice farm. It's for his own good. You hardly play with him anymore since you got your Xbox 360 and he's been scratching the baseboards in Mommy's new living room! They're sending him there while you're at school so say goodbye to him now.

Sure we can go visit him. In a few months. Sure.
posted by Mayor Curley at 7:01 AM on January 27, 2006


You're welcome, three blind mice.

I feel so proud.
posted by piratebowling at 7:06 AM on January 27, 2006


It would be incredibly short-sighted of Sony to stop all of their robot development.

The stuff Honda is doing with their Asimo is pretty incredible. I'm firmly convinced that robots are the new PCs.
posted by empath at 7:29 AM on January 27, 2006


QRIO was also scrapped, along with the Walkman manufacturing division in Saitama.
posted by Smart Dalek at 7:40 AM on January 27, 2006


Sony can't teach an old dog new tricks.

I hope the next thing they throw away is the people responsible for the Rootkits fiasco.
posted by nbd at 8:05 AM on January 27, 2006


Wow. Apparently that DRM whoopsie was more expensive than they'd predicted.
posted by Zinger at 8:35 AM on January 27, 2006


Are they sending the overstock here?
posted by Wet Spot at 9:37 AM on January 27, 2006


Robot Pets Almost as Good as Real Ones

Well, that marketing grant was wasted...
posted by Chuckles at 9:53 AM on January 27, 2006


This is a sad day for my people.
posted by Robot Johnny at 10:21 AM on January 27, 2006


A Spaniel in the Works? Many bonus points, three blind mice, for excellent use of one of my favorite good old John Lennon poems.

I'm not a big fan of most dogs, but then again I’ve never met a robotic dog that barks (and barks and barks) outside, for no apparent reason, while I'm trying to sleep.
posted by LeLiLo at 12:05 PM on January 27, 2006


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