Anyone own a Sony AIBO

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Koodauw, Nov 22, 2005.

  1. Koodauw macrumors 68040

    Koodauw

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    Just wondering if anyone has one of these. I would love to have one, but have I have a few other things I would like to spend the $$$ on first. Anyone?
     

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  2. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    They are very cool. It's like a Puppy, and you train it. It sounds like a childish toy, but it is very realistic.
    For Example: when its battery gets low, it walks over to its charging stand and charges itself.

    Heres a link

    PS - I don't have one :(
     
  3. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    After playing with one for a while in John Lewis (department store in London), I was convinced I wanted one. Even the price tag didn't put me off...

    My reasoning was that I can't have a real pet where I live and that this might be a fun toy. Then after a couple of days, I just realised that I would probably get bored with it after a while and besides, it's not very cuddly.

    There are cheaper imitations out there but when you see one of these in action, they certainly have an immediate but superficial appeal.

    I'll wait for Revision C, the one that can fetch the shopping for me. :)
     
  4. clayj macrumors 604

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    I have an older one, from 2000... pretty cool, very lifelike (not as much as the new ones, which charge themselves and respond to a lot more commands). His name is Roark.

    Sadly, something broke in his neck, and if he puts his head down, he can't lift it up again and he turns himself off. I haven't gotten around to figuring out what needs to be done to fix this (or if it's worth the money... Sony parts can be VERY expensive).
     
  5. mduser63 macrumors 68040

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    I don't have one, but I've seen them a few times in stores in Japan (also once in San Francisco). VERY cool, but in the end they're still just toys, and I'd much rather have a real dog for the money. Still, it's pretty amazing to throw a ball and see the AIBO go over and pick it up for the first time.
     
  6. .Andy macrumors 68030

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    That sentence makes me want to cry :(.
     
  7. Dreadnought macrumors 68020

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    They are about 2000 USD or something. But, if you buy 10 at once, you can get them for 1000 a piece... Still a lot of money, but I still want one!! Maybe we can order them all together?!? :D
     
  8. Koodauw thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Sweet, ill sign up for one, thats only 9 more people.

    Some how I knew if anyone had one, it would be clayj
     
  9. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    I couldn't even afford one for $1000. :eek: :(
     
  10. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    :D

    I really want one too. Kaaaaawwwwwaaaaaiiiiiiiiii! :D
     
  11. juicedus macrumors member

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    My brothers girlfriend has one. We were making fun of her for the price till we found out my brother has spent $1,300 in one year on his dog. She got it cuz she can't have dogs at her place, and she loves techie things. Its still in the "puppy" stage so its not as fun, doesn't respond to everything.
     
  12. Dreadnought macrumors 68020

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    I also love pets, but am allergic to cats and live alone and am away a lot. At least with an aibo you have an off switch! :D
     
  13. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    They need an Aiko robotic cat. :)
     

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