Sony Launched a New Aibo Pet Robot

Sony Corp’s entertainment robot ‘aibo’

Sony's revealed a redesigned version of its Aibo project, the robotic dog of yesteryear.

Aibo has OLED screens for eyes nowadays, eyes that can display its feelings, although it might be better to not give it feelings at all, as it's going to be sad most of the time because it's internet connected now as well.

The new Aibo will be priced at 198,000 JPY (around $1,733), but buyers will also need to purchase a three-year subscription plan, priced at 90,000 JPY ($788), to use it. Pre-orders kick off today and the pup is slated to arrive on January 11.

For now, the robotic pet is being billed as an affectionate companion - one that hears and understands words of praise and eventually learns and remembers which actions make owners happy.

Sony also adds that they believe AI technology is a future pillar of growth and they hope to catch up with major technology companies like Facebook, Apple, and Google to develop AI technology. The starting price for the improved model of the robot dogs was 1.9 thousand dollars, however, for a service robot to its owner will need to sign a contract for three years, which will cost at least $ 790.

The new AIBO comes with new actuator technology that would allow the pet to move more smoothly and naturally like a real dog.

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.

The robot can also record and take photos of what it experiences, according to its owner's preferences, and can create a database of memories. Sony hasn't announced a launch date for the US market yet. AI start-up focusing on technology that allows machines to learn continually and autonomously from interaction in the real world. Two months later, it started a venture capital fund called Sony Innovation Fund aiming at A.I. and robotics startups. Earlier this year, Sony Education launched its first product, Koov, which aims to teach children coding through building and programming robots using plastic blocks.

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