You can now pre-order the Pleo for $384 which might end up being a more affordable / hackable AIBO but in dinosaur flavor…
From the pages of MAKE:
I, Pleo. Can a machine have a soul? Can it think? Can it laugh and cry, bug you for a snack, tease you, or curl up on your couch and dream robotic dreams? Can you build such a machine? Subscribers–read this article now in your digital edition or get MAKE 08 @ the Maker store.