I was just making a print of this AIBO shot. AIBO are Sony’s autonomous robot dogs, and are fantastic pieces of engineering. In this photo there is an AIBO ERS-111 (silver) and an AIBO ERS-210 (gold) with the special AIBO pink ball which they can play with.
AIBO was discontinued in 2005 as a cost cutting measure. It is a shame because AIBO was a great flagship product for Sony. AIBO remains however as a fine example of synergy between high-technology and “kawaii” cuteness.