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Sony’s ‘Aibo’ Robot Dog Makes A Comeback, Now More Lifelike And With AI
By Yoon Sann Wong, 02 Nov 2017
Some of you might recall Sony’s first commercial robot dog, ‘Aibo’, which made headlines with its release in 1999. Fast forward more than a decade since its last version in 2006 and you’ll find its new, improved version, complete with AI.
This latest edition, which has debuted in Japan, comes in a roly-poly form that’s capable of “showing physical signs of body-temperature changes.” Its eyes house cameras that act as responsive interfaces, and enable it to modify its behavior based on what it sees. It even conveys emotions using its OLED eyes.
The robot is “capable of detecting obstacles, bumps, people, and more,” and has voice-recognition capabilities so it can respond to your voice. ‘Aibo’ also reacts to physical contact and even has likes plus dislikes. The robot’s personality and behavior will vary depending on how its owner raises it.
Equipped with a SIM card slot, ‘Aibo’ can connect to the internet and access Sony’s AI cloud to evaluate what it sees and hears, as well as learn from the behaviors of other ‘Aibo’ robot dogs connected to the cloud.
Pre-orders, which opened on 1 November, have already sold out. ‘Aibo’ will be released in stores across Japan on 11 January 2018 at a retail price of ¥198,000 (US$1,740). This, however, does not include the monthly subscription of ¥2,980 per month (US$26 per month), for a minimum of three years, to access the cloud and download new features.
Watch the videos below and visit its website to learn more about the latest version.
Video via aibo(Japan)
Video via Kim Poh Liaw
[via The Next Web, videos via various sources, image screenshot via aibo(Japan)]
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