In 2017, Sony introduced the ERS-1000 model of its Aibo robotic dog in Japan. Customers were required to pay a monthly membership fee for at least 3 years to use the product. However, now that 5 years have passed since its release in 2018, some customers may have decided to cancel their monthly subscriptions. Nevertheless, the Aibo robots still exist.
Due to this circumstance, Sony has come up with a sustainable support plan. They have announced that they will accept donations of retired Aibo robots. These robots will be repaired and tested before being given to hospitals, nursing homes, or organizations in need of tools to assist with mental care, such as the Aibo robots.
In this initiative, Sony has also stated that they will accept donated Aibo support subscriptions without revealing their value.
TLDR: Sony has announced their plan to support the sustainability of their Aibo robots by accepting donations of retired robots. These robots will be repaired and tested before being given to healthcare facilities or organizations in need of mental care assistance tools. Additionally, Sony will also accept donated support subscriptions without disclosing their value.