Sony announced today that it will release its robotic Aibo in the US after the brand's reboot in Japan last year. The new edition will be purchased in September for $ 2,899 and will be bundled with the three-year Sony AI Cloud service, as well as a variety of toys including a pink ball, a "Aibone" pointer and a charging station. AI Cloud allows Aibo to send its daily activity back to Sony's servers, as the company claims helps to shape the robots personality and let owners remain connected to Aibo over Wi-Fi or LTE through AT & T. The dog will probably not be shipped for closer holidays , but be prepared for a long wait.
Sony is not the only company thinking of a smart companion. Anki Vector robot (an adult version of the predecessor Cozmo) was just announced, with the idea that users can treat it more like a pet or play games and ask questions. The key difference between it and Aibo is the price tag: Vector costs $ 250, although it does not have the same AI backend as Sony and works more like a smart speaker.
Many technology companies think about ways to make robots. With personality, but so far, only Anki has seen any real success with a product in this category. It sold 1.5 million robots, of which "hundreds of thousands" is Cozmo, while Sony has sold approximately 11,000 units of its costly Aibo in Japan since CES.
Update 8/23, 12:39 ET: Updated
Correction 8/23, 12:45 ET: Corrected to reflect that Anki sold 1.5 million robots in general, not just for Cozmo.