Failures

by Mike Masnick




Comforting Or Not, Sony Getting Out Of The Robotic Dog Business

from the oh-well dept

Just last night, we pointed to a story about how robotic dogs may be just as comforting as live dogs. Whether or not you agree, the robotic dogs of the future are unlikely to be coming from Sony. Someone in the comments pointed out that Sony has discontinued the Aibo completely... along with 10,000 jobs (not all, we assume, related to the Aibo), as Sony tries to restructure and figure out how to get itself sorted out again (as we've noted, their strategy so far has amounted to looking at ways to fire more people -- a strategy that still has many confused about what Sony is doing). Perhaps instead of killing products that people like, they should focus on things like avoiding opening up security holes on computers with rootkits. Just a thought...

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    haggie, 26 Jan 2006 @ 3:32pm

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    I heard that techdirt got a demo of a robot horse from Sony that would play dead whenever you beat it...

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      Steve, 26 Jan 2006 @ 3:34pm

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      Maybe some of the people that are firing are ones who thought a rootkit would be a great idea?

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      Steve, 26 Jan 2006 @ 3:35pm

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      Correction: Maybe some of the people *they* are firing are ones who thought a rootkit would be a great idea?

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        Anonymous Coward, 26 Jan 2006 @ 4:06pm

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        or maybe the ones they are firing are the ones who thought the rootkit would hurt the company. for being right the company leadership got pissed off and fired them out of spite.

        come here fluffy.
        (chucks our window and shoots with shotgun)
        *evil laughs*
        -family guy

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    Scott (profile), 26 Jan 2006 @ 5:18pm

    People liked it?

    I don't think Aibo was that great of a seller anyway. I don't know anyone who has one, i've never seen one in person, and for what they can do.. they are pretty expensive.

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    Justin, 26 Jan 2006 @ 5:22pm

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    Interesting...as I saw the new version of the Aibo at CES.

    ???

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    alternatives, 26 Jan 2006 @ 8:38pm

    Perhaps enough people

    have decided to stop buying sony products due to their buying congressmen and laws like the DMCA.

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    wes, 24 Mar 2006 @ 8:45am

    shutting down that facility is not a good idea.... even if their product was a bad idea, I still pitty them for losing their jobs

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