The new Aibo is impressive. Ultimately, however, it’s an extremely expensive toy that ultimately does very little. One of the upsides of opting for a robot dog over the real thing is the ability to buck the whole “old dog, new tricks” adage by way of software updates. As long as the company continues to support such things, that is.
Announced earlier this year, Aibo’s first major software update just dropped, bringing with it the ability to double as a (albeit nonthreatening) security dog. The upgrade uses Aibo’s cabers to build maps of a user’s home a la the Roomba, which they can then assign room names to.
From there, Aibo will “patrol” the designated areas at set times of day, playing a “Puppy Patrol”