Sony draws a line under Aibo robotic

chien Aibo Sony has announced the cessation of production of Aibo, the famous robot dog that can monitor your home when you’re not here to speak with a vocabulary of more than 1000 words and even, for latest developments, keep a blog! Launched in 1999, the Aibo adventure stops, lack of profitability, such as Qrio, the humanoid robot from Sony, which has never been marketed. Despite some 150 000 copies sold (unit price: about 2000 dollars), the pack of robots Aibo is not consistent enough to justify the cost it involves developments, especially on the segment of the general public robotics The competition – including American – prepares its weapons. Technology Showcase giant Nippon, barded innovations, mechanics Aibo may have suffered from a lack of consistency with the general strategy of Sony. Un terse paragraph summarizes the position of Sony in its announcements related to the latest quarterly results: ” The development of new products for Aibo has already ceased and production should be halted by the end of fiscal year 2005. However, after-sales service will be maintained. There will be no new development for Qrio. The R & D in the field of artificial intelligence developed for units Aibo and Qrio will continue and will be deployed in a wide range of electronic products. ” In other words, Sony has not said its last word on artificial intelligence, but should now focus on robotics to the industry, like its competitors Honda or Toyota that emphasize the design of machines capable to replace the man for tasks services (reception, surveillance) or field of the industry.