SONY has brought back its famous AIBO robot dog more than a decade after it was sent to the great kennel in the sky.
AIBO is a simulated pet that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to learn and interact with its owner and surroundings.
The upgraded doggie has been equipped with new sensing and movement technologies as well as advanced AI backed by cloud computing.
It will go on sale in Japan in January for £198,000 yen (£1309).
Sony first unleashed AIBO in 1999, selling about 150,000 dogs in Japan before ceasing production seven years later.
“It was a difficult decision to stop the project in 2006, but we continued development in AI and robotics,” chief executive officer Kazuo Hirai said at a news briefing.
This chap doesn’t have to worry about his pet biting the hands that feeds it[/caption]
It is designed to offer all the niceness of a real pet, with none of the ferocity and flatulence[/caption]
Just make sure you don’t give it a bath, because robots don’t like water (yet)[/caption]
“I asked our engineers a year and a half ago to develop (new) AIBO because I strongly believe robots capable of building loving relationships with people help realise Sony’s mission (to inspire).”
The reborn AIBO features new technology which allows it move more smoothly and naturally.
With sensing and AI technologies, AIBO can run toward its owner and detect smiles and words of praise, and can remember what actions please the owner.
Happily, it won’t bite humans, hump their friends’ legs or leave great steaming piles of poo on their carpets.
Sony Corp’s President and Chief Executive Officer Kazuo Hirai fondles his pooches[/caption]
It’s not clear whether AIBO will be released outside Japan[/caption]
The robo dog has flapping black ears, a wagging tail and the ability to roll its eyes to display emotions[/caption]
Its eyes are made of organic light emitting diode (OLED) displays, making it capable of giving people simulated puppy eyes.
Sony said it aims to sell at least as many new AIBO as the original, although it’s not clear whether it will be available in other countries.
Robots are likely to become more common in our homes.
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