Sony Launched a New Aibo Pet Robot

Sony Launched a New Aibo Pet Robot

Sony Launched a New Aibo Pet Robot

Sony pioneered entertainment robots with AIBO in 1999. The central part of the robots' eyes are made of organic electroluminescence displays that can display bright colors, so it has a range of facial expressions.

In a news briefing to introduce AIBO, Sony's Chief Executive Officer Kazuo Hirai said "It was a hard decision to stop the project in 2006, but we continued development in AI and robotics". It will go on sale in Japan in January, priced at ¥198,000 ($1,740) before tax.

The comeback of Aibo is not only good news to pet owners, but also a declaration of Sony's transition from a consumer electronics manufacturer to a leading voice in A.I.

"Slowly but surely, Aibo will also become more aware of its environment, and as it gains confidence it will learn to walk around an increasingly wider area and respond to situations accordingly". The upgraded Aibo is now packed with an array of sensors, cameras, microphones and internet connectivity, as well as far more advanced AI backed by cloud computing to develop the dog's personality.

Aibo might sound like the ideal addition to your family, but don't get too excited about the possibility: Sony says the next-generation robot dog is only scheduled to launch in Japan. 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.

The news of Aibo's rerelease led Sony's shares to increase by 11 percent, reaching a nine-year high.

The biggest change to aibo is that the new iteration will be more intelligent and proactively interact with its owner. It invested an undisclosed sum previous year in Cogitai, a U.S.

Outside developers will also be able to create applications for the new digital pet, which can be downloaded from an app store being developed by Sony. AI start up called Cogitai that focuses on technology allowing machines to learn autonomously and continually from interaction in the real world.

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