The Sony Aibo is very popular among robotics researchers and University RoboCup teams. When Sony discontinued the Aibo, researchers were left scrambling to find a replacement. Jan Wedekind wrote to let us know the successor to the Aibo is here and sent us a pile of related links. The new robot dog was developed by Oscar von Stryk and others at TU Darmstadt, where an official news release was posted recently. The Hajime Research Institute in Japan helped with the mechanics. Gotha Design created the robot's exterior shell. The robot is powered by a LiPo battery, weighs 2.5kg, and has 15 joints. It includes a 500MHz Linux-based AMD Geode LX800 with LAN, WLAN, USB, VGA, memory card interface, an LCD panel and four push buttons. The dog also includes a 640x480 camera capable of 90 FPS. No word on pricing and availability yet. What's the new robot dog called? For now they're referring to it only as der neue Roboter - the new robot. For even more details and links on the new robot, see Jan's blog entry.