Sony has launched the “Aibo Foster Parent” program to refurbish and rehome their $2,900 robotic dogs. Owners whose service ended can now donate their Aibo. Sony will perform needed repairs and place the robots with medical facilities, foster homes, and others in need. The goal is to “make Aibo more sustainable” and give the units a second chance to provide support through their emotional intelligence.
The Aibos in the program are the 2019 Sony ERS-1000 models. While not fully charitable, Sony charges a small fee to cover repair costs. Depending on their condition, some robots may only donate replacement parts to extend other Aibo’s functions.
As reviewed in 2019, Aibo can stand, greet owners, and mature overtime like real dogs. Owners use an app to customize commands. Equipped with sensors and responding to voice and touch, Aibo recognizes people making it perfect for emotional support where pets are banned. The foster program is a smart solution, reusing capable robots to aid others while preventing e‑waste. Sony resurrects deactivated Aibos, giving their intelligence new life through new foster families.