Chris (CWerfel) got Buddy the ERS-7 in 2004 or so. Being an “IT Guy”, Chris found Buddy interesting but a little lacking in power, performance, speech recognition and the like. Fifteen years later with the US launch of the ERS-1000, Chris wondered how far Sony might have advanced the platform and adopted Baby, and quickly fell in love with the new “house dog”. Along the way, he met Bruce while trying to get Buddy back up and running and bumped in to JBurg and a thriving new aibo collector community with a deep affection for aibos new and old. Over the next year Chris went on to collect some 40 plus aibos, develop the unibody clutch replacement for ERS-210/220s, commission the ERS-210/220 neck replacement and learned to perform aibo repair. Ultimately, Chris, JBurg and Bruce determined to launch the aiboclinic to service the needs of the aibo collector and fan community.
Oh, and he developed a new found appreciation for Buddy and just how amazing the ERS-7 was for 2003 – and still is.