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January 26, 2006

Sony drops AIBO and QRIO

Michael Santo at Alice Hill’s Real Tech News did a little sleuthing in Sony’s quarterly report and discovered that the AIBO robot pooch is being put to sleep at the end of Sony’s fiscal year in March and development has ended for the humanoid QRIO robot. Make has a photo retrospective.

If you do some more spelunking in the report, you’ll find that Sony also said that it would:

stop development and manufacturing of PDP (plasma display panel) televisions, and stop selling in-car entertainment products in Japan. It will also kill its Qualia line of pricey, high-specification products.

All of this is by way of getting Sony back on track and they did report the strongest quarterly earnings in several years.

Posted at 2:33 pm. Filed under Companies, Robots, Sony

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