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Almost ten years later, Idei's successor, Howard Stringer closed down AIBO and other robotic projects.Doi then staged a mock funeral, attended by more than 100 colleagues from Sony.In November 2017, Sony announced a new generation of AIBO, available for the first time in 11 years would be launched in Japan in January 2018.AIBO grew out of Sony's Computer Science Laboratory (CSL). Although most models were dog-like, other inspirations included lion-cubs and space explorer, and only the final ERS-7 version was explicitly a "robotic dog".
While there exists special and difficult requirements in entertainment applications themselves, limited capabilities in the speech and vision systems may turn out to be an interesting and attractive feature for appropriately designed entertainment robots." His early monkey-like prototype "MUTANT" included behaviors that would become part of AIBOs including tracking a yellow ball, shaking hands, karate strikes and sleeping.AIBOs have been used in many movies, music videos and advertising campaigns as futuristic icons.Some third party support is available, such as repair and battery refurbishment.Fujita would later receive the IEEE Inaba Technical Award for Innovation Leading to Production for "AIBO, the world's first mass-market consumer robot for entertainment applications".
Believing that robots would be commonplace in households by 2010, but aware of the shortcomings of available technology for functional uses, he decided to focus on robots for entertainment.
Founded in 1990, CSL was set up to emulate the famed innovation center at Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Center (PARC).