Would you spend $3,000 on a robot pet for your family?
Companionship is possible the biggest gains from having a pet, the most loyal furry friend when you walk in the door (even if it’s just because they want food).
It also has plenty of downsides. You have to consider costly pet insurance and vet bills, expensive nutritious food, and the fact that you can’t up and leave for vacation without sorting out plans for your pet, too.
In 2016, when robot pets came onto the scene, it seemed unlikely that consumers would accept an artificial living member of the family. However, in 2019 robots are getting better and smarter. Last year, when Sony launched their first robot pet, Aibo, it seemed like a fresh bit of innovation in the world of robotics. From the concept of design to its execution, this robot can keep you entertained for hours. But then again, with a price close to $3,000, is it worth buying?
Technology of robot pets will only get better. For example, Aibo could have a security camera attached to its head to help you monitor your home even when you’re away. Or, it could get the skills of Alexa to serve as a link to your digital personal assistant.
As much as I would love a robot pet myself, I don´t think it will replace my tail wagging, furry bundles of love (even if they are a costly pain at times!)