Sony's Pet Dog for the Super Rich Returns

Sony aibo robot dog returns finally looks moves like a dog

Sony will release a "My Aibo" app in January 2018 that will not only let owners adjust various settings, but to view photos taken from Aibo's camera built into its nose, play with a virtual Aibo within the app, or add new tricks to Aibo's repertoire.

Shares in Sony Corp 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.

Proprietary actuators allow smooth freedom of movement along 22 axes, meaning that head, mouth, neck, legs and paws, ears and tail can all move to the groove while OLED eyes offer "lifelike" expressiveness.

"It was a hard 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.

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Aibo will launch in Japan in January for 198,000 Yen ($1740) but there's now no word on a global release.

AIBO is a pet AI which can behave as a real dog. Japanese electronics giant Sony's Aibo pet is making a return after more than a decade away. Aibo will be able to recognise its owner and run over to them, detect smiles and words of praise, and learn which actions please its owner.

Aibo, like any new puppy, will be a bit timid at first and unsure of its surroundings, but as it becomes more accustomed to the home it lives in, will gain more confidence to go searching new areas. It can also identify the position of objects in a room and do not forget to avoid them. It invested an undisclosed sum a year ago in Cogitai, a U.S. It features artificial intelligence technology, which allows the pup to learn from its interactions with owners and develop its own unique personality over time - just like a real dog. Earlier this year, Sony Education launched its first product, Koov, which aims to teach children coding through building and programming robots using plastic blocks. Two months later, it started a venture capital fund called Sony Innovation Fund aiming at A.I. and robotics startups.

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