Sony's new Aibo pet robot goes on sale tonight in Japan

Richard Lawler
After more than a decade away, Sony's Aibo pet robot is making a return.

After more than a decade away, Sony's Aibo pet robot is making a return. The original dog-like robot launched in 1999, while Sony says its followup is "capable of forming an emotional bond with members of the household while providing them with love, affection, and the joy of nurturing and raising a companion." Its OLED eyes allow for "nuanced" expressions, while new actuators allow its body to move smoothly along 22 axes. Pre-orders for the new robot begin tonight via Sony's Japanese online store for 179,000 yen (about $1,739 US).

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