Friday, January 27, 2006

Aibo Barks No More

Sony Corp. has officially euthanized the Sony AIBO entertainment robot and stopped development on its QRIO humanoid robot, the company said today.

The "announcement" was slipped into Sony's 2005 third-quarter earnings report, which also detailed a number of plant closings and a refocusing to core businesses like entertainment, pictures and music.

According to the report, AIBO development had already ceased in mid-to-late 2005 and production ended late last year. "However, sales and support will continue," the report said. "There will also be no new development for QRIO."

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