Sony Is Releasing A New Robotic Dog

Lena Tucker
November 2, 2017

However, Sony continued their development in AI and robotics to develop a newly improved AIBO to show consumers the company's mission to inspire and build loving relationships just like a dog would to its owner. The robotic man's best friend is 180mm (7 inches) wide, 293mm (11 inches) tall, equipped with Organic Light Emitting Diode lamps (OLED) in its eyes, and runs for about two hours after a full charge of three hours.

As it's 2017, the Aibo will come with a dedicated smartphone app, which will allow owners to adjust the settings of their robot dog and get additional tricks for it to perform from the "Aibo Store", as well as view any photos the dog's cameras may have taken.

Aibo will go on sale in January for 198,000 yen (£1,306) in Japan, with foreign sales being evaluated.

Shares in Sony soared to a nine-year high on Wednesday after it forecast record earnings that have vindicated its restructuring efforts and raised expectations of sustained momentum in profitability.

Aibo recognises and responds to voice commands, and can also be programmed. Users will also need to subscribe to a cloud service exclusively for the aibo. And it said that it was reviving its robot dog AIBO that first hit the shelves in the late 1990's. Japanese electronics giant Sony's Aibo pet is making a return after more than a decade away.

According to a statement made by Sony: "Aibo can form an emotional bond with new members of the household while providing them with love, affection and the joy of nurturing and raising a companion".

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".

The original AIBO was released in 1999 and at least 150,000 dogs were sold before production was stopped due to the downturn of Sony's core consumer electronics business against Asian rivals due to product prices. The company released its first generation of the robot dogs, hoping that the puppy would interest customers and provide a gateway for interaction with artificial intelligence.

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