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Japan | 2018 First half: Top 10 News ⑥ Sony’s Come-Back! aibo’s Revival! Japan's Service Technologies Seem Bright

Jul 10, 2018.Minoru MamiTokyo, JP
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aibo. We’ve missed you since 2006 and your flashing eyes and cold shiny plastic coat. But you’re back again! And bigger than ever selling more than 10,000 units in three months since your debut. The unit costs roughly around 200,000 yen (*~US$1,735) . Even if the cloud service costs a total of 90,000 yen (*~US$ 810)  in 3 years, there are still many people who want to become its owner. With more than 10 sensors, even on its paws, its able to perform almost anything. Almost. Considering it to be a good idea for the senior market and senior citizen homes who are afraid of pet losses, you’d probably think it’s a good thing. Please aibo don’t start giving other lifestyle advices like “Blue shirts suit you better.” or “Your makeup is spot on today.” because it’ll have already exceeded Amazon Echo.... Though a robot that can point out your fashion senses, giving you advices of all sorts ? I’ll think about it.

*1 USD = 111.083 JPY (July 10th 2018)