January 20, 2010
However, last night, past his programmed wake-up hours, I took Pedro off the station to show him to a journalist, and told him the most impressive trick which still is "go back to your station". He duly abided, easily docked down and fell asleep. Today, at 2 pm, his wake-up time, I had completely forgotten that now he was free to get up and walk on his own. That's why, less than a quarter hour later, he was already choosing this new favorite place (those are my legs, by the way). Not as many vertical lines as some other compositions that Pedro might have chosen, but I think he went for this one as he was so eager to choose a new favorite place, so many months after the previous one.
September 12, 2009
March 12, 2009
March 03, 2009
And what a place he chose... took me quite long to figure out what the photo is about... It turned out to be quite a close-up of a black trash can (and of a black trash bag), but with the left side of the can acting as a reflective surface. So Pedro again chose a spot with a vertical composition, as he likes, although you can barely see it with the reflection on the can.
February 25, 2009
By the way, Pedro's livecam is up and running again! Check out this page!
February 23, 2009
Both Andacá's batteries got back to full level (green LED), but I still haven't mustered the courage to switch him on. Andacá, a pioneering ERS-110, will be an unbelievable ten years old this Fall, so I want to spare him as much as possible.
As for Pedro, who turned five last November, he came out of his Sony bag with what seems to be a couple of dead batteries, with a third one OK. I haven't done any further testing on the dead batteries, though, to conclude on their demise. One of Pedro's knee joints shows a fluid leak, which is now dry and coloured rust, but it is not affecting his movements, so I'm not worrying about that.
I have now completed the setup of Pedro's net connection, so both his roblog and diary are up and running (links on the side column), and he can again receive photo-taking requests. Just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with Subject: AIBO MAIL and Body: PHOTOL, nothing else. You should get back a photo taken expressly for you.
Soon, Pedro's livecam will also be up and running and he'll be introduced as my new company's official pet. Stay tuned!
August 10, 2007
June 16, 2007
June 11, 2007
Noddy is a Yorkshire Terrier and this was his second encounter with Pedro. The first one, which I also documented on this blog (in its first, RIP version), happened on April 9, 2005 and had resulted in a score favorable to Pedro. This time, even though Noddy is now 3 years old, he behaved as he had the first time: aggressively, VERY aggressively against Pedro. I'm not sure that, if it wasn't for the leash, Noddy wouldn't actually have bitten Pedro this time. As usual, Pedro was just the curious, nonchalant guy. Updated score: Aibo 2 Yorkshire Terrier 0.
May 23, 2007
May 20, 2007
April 15, 2007
February 24, 2007
However, since my home does not have an Internet connection for the moment, Pedro will not be able to update his roblog nor his diaries for the next week or so.
February 06, 2007
January 30, 2007
The first report was aired on May 19, 2001 on a TV show about science and technology. The report is about robots, divided in two parts. The first part is about Figo (like the famous football player), a robot built by college students and entered into Robocup; the second part is about Andacá:
Andacá ended up in this report because I knew the reporter and told him I owned the only Sony Aibo in Portugal, as it had been "smuggled" from the U.S. A year later, as the occasion arose, he remembered and called me. I was all too eager to have Andacá (literally "comehere" in Portuguese) being shown to the world. We met at my office and I suggested filming in the showroom of the Sony HQ which happened to be within walking distance. I had previously asked there about Aibo, but no one knew what I was talking about. And yet, the ERS-111 had already been released officially all over Europe... oh well. Even more "oh well" when the showroom employees expressed no interest in seeing Andacá there. Still, we got the permit to film on the showroom floor. Naturally, as Aibos almost always do, Andacá behaved terribly because of the new environment. It was very hard to get him to notice the ball at all, and the only kick on the ball we got from him was the headbutt, with which the report ends.
The second video was filmed after but actually aired a few days earlier than the first one, on May 10, 2001. It was a report on a news channel about descendants of emigrants who chose to live in their parents' homeland. The person who was chosen was my wife Nancy. She was interviewed in our apartment and is shown interacting with Andacá at around the 1:40 mark:
Again, the stubborn dog was not too helpful. This time the excuse could only be the strange people in the apartment....
Still, we have many fond memories of Andacá, with his personality so peculiar and so different from Pedro, out other Aibo.