You can’t teach an old dog new tricks but you can program a robot dog. Sony’s Aibo has been around since 1999 but the most recent model comes with new APIs so the owner can program Aibo to recognise objects and movements; the mechanical mutt can also be ‘potty trained’.
Ideal for apartment dwellers, Aibo is just as playful as a regular puppy, minus the warm affection and shedding. Good thing Aibo won’t bother the neighbours with endless yapping – you can program that right out. From ¥198,000