As foreshadowed in October, a new version of the Aibo robot dog is available for pre-ordering in Japan, with units to begin shipping in January.
Set to cost 198,000 yen, approximately $1,740 at the time of writing, owners will also need to purchase a three-year subscription for the one-time price of 90,000 yen, or 2,980 yen per month. Further to this, support packages are available for three years at 54,000 yen, or one year for 20,000 yen.
Paying for Aibo alongside an upfront payment for the subscription and support package could set owners back 342,000 yen, or $3,000.
Sony claims the new Aibo is able to learn from its environment, is “naturally” curious, is able to recognise voices, and can respond to physical contact.
“With a face full of life and expression, always drawing attention, Aibo conveys emotion intuitively,” Sony said on its Aibo site.