Almost ten years later, Idei's successor, Howard Stringer closed down AIBO and other robotic projects.Doi then staged a mock funeral, attended by more than 100 colleagues from Sony.As the series developed, more sensors and actuators were added.Wi-Fi was available as an add on for some second-generation AIBOs.Estimated sales for all second generation models: 60,000 Lion-cub styling. Remote operation is possible by using the optional Wireless LAN card as well as the ERS-210 "AIBO Navigator 2". November 2004 A variant of the ERS-7, packaged with MIND2. October 2005 A variant of the ERS-7M2, packaged with MIND3. White, black, and champagne gold (called honey brown in Japan). January 2018 The first model to be released since the AIBO project was discontinued in 2006.Original design illustrator up from ERS-110 ERS-210 based on the deserted due to. black, silver, gold, red, blue, green, white (3 hues), champagne, etc.; 2001 (Ears not included) 28.1 cm height, 1.5 kg weight, 1.5 hours continuous operation time, 20 degrees of freedom (drive unit), price 150 000 yen (excluding tax). Original production design illustrator Katsura Moshino . Height 29.6 cm, 1.5 kg weight, 1.5 hours continuous operation time, 16 degrees of freedom (drive unit), price 180 000 yen (excluding tax) Variants of ERS-210/220. Requires an always-on internet connection to function fully and comes with an LTE SIM card and monthly subscription service to support interaction and learning in the cloud.AIBOs have been used in many movies, music videos and advertising campaigns as futuristic icons.Some third party support is available, such as repair and battery refurbishment.
Differences include the use of PC-Cards for memory (rather than Memory Stick media), the use of two batteries, and the option to use a 2-wheeled "rolling module" in place of legs.
In November 2017, Sony announced a new generation of AIBO, available for the first time in 11 years would be launched in Japan in January 2018.
AIBO grew out of Sony's Computer Science Laboratory (CSL).
When Nobuyuki Idei became president of Sony in 1995, he sought to adopt a digital agenda, reflected in the new motto he gave the company, “Digital Dream Kids,” and the prominence he gave to CSL. Toshitada Doi is credited as AIBO’s original progenitor: in 1994 he had started work on robots with artificial intelligence expert Masahiro Fujita within CSL.
Fujita would write that the robot's behaviors will need to “be sufficiently complex or unexpected so that people keep an interest in watching or taking care of it”.