Yes indeed, what a cool story. It seems like there would be a business opportunity for keeping old robots going, some clever engineer figuring out how to do a retrofit relying more on open source hardware and software so that owners are not totally dependent on the legacy supplier. I have an Aibo myself, maybe it's a project for Max Maxfield to take on???
I wonder how many of the mechanical components subject to wear could be constructed on a 3D printer? Also, would it be possible to retrofit or update the battery packs? Perhaps Sony should be approached to see if they would commit their drawings for Aibo to the open source community. While recycling components is certainly possible, it is so sad to deprive people of the companionship and emotional bonds formed with their Aibo when, at least for this, the technology exists to repair them.
This is so tender and such an uncanny look at our techno-sociolgy!
Perhaps we can take a techno-religious approach that we don't need robot cemetaries but emotionally supportive recycling centers where the robot's usable parts can be passed on to a new generation of robots and the unusable ones can be creamated.
What an interesting world!
And you, Junko, must live at least to 100 so you can keep bringing us stories like this one.
As we unveil EE Times’ 2015 Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. Panelists Dan Armbrust (investment firm Silicon Catalyst), Andrew Kau (venture capital firm Walden International), and Stan Boland (successful serial entrepreneur, former CEO of Neul, Icera) join in the live debate.