First-generation "AIBO" entertainment robot for home use. Imaginative design, down to the details of AIBO's legs, ears, and tail, breathes life into this metal body and make the little robot as cute as a real dog. "AIBO" is quite an expressive pet, thanks to eighteen types of joints in the legs, neck, tail, and upper jaw. What's more, "AIBO" can learn and grow up—simulations based on research in artificial intelligence. After repeated communication with users, "AIBO" can express a range of emotions when responding. The robot's realistic behavior, perhaps even more lifelike than some dogs, was quite a hit at launch.
1999 Winner, Good Design Grand Prize.