Dog-loving techies are fuelling demand for a robot puppy in Japan, outstripping supply, according to Sony, the creators of Aibo 2.0, Sony's "entertainment robot."
Sony Japan first started selling the larger than life leg-lifting robo-pup at the beginning of 2018 and by April had shifted 11,111 pup however by May, the company had to admit it's supply line had fallen short of customer demand.
"Sony will further expand its production activities in the future and will work to ensure that aibo can be delivered to customers nationwide as soon as possible," Sony said in a statement.
#FIDO 3.0? #Sony sells thousands of #Aibo Dog #Bots— Youbiquo (@Youbiquo) May 8, 2018
Sony’s #robotic #pet is proving popular with #dog-loving tech fans … or is that #tech-loving dog fans?https://t.co/vvzhmZuMxF pic.twitter.com/ZgYm87089h
The "Aibo entertainment robot" costs US$1,800 plus US$900 for a three year subscription to a cloud service which is designed to keep teaching the young dog new tricks.