Aibo, the lovable robotic dog, was first released by Sony in 1999, and gathered tons of fans who wanted to practice how it is to take care by a puppy. Now, they get the chance to try a new and more advanced pup, as the company announced the release of a new version of the robo-pet.
The new Aibo comes with a battery life of about two hours of intense playtime, as well as a quad-core CPU of 64 bits. Also, the design and the mechanics have been improved a lot. The new model is more flexible, as it can perform more moves on 22 independent axes.
In other words, its movements will look more like those performed by a real dog. So, if you want a little friend which synchronizes its mouth with the sounds it makes, moves its ears and tail like a real dog, but spares you the possible damage it might do to your home, Aibo is the perfect toy for you.
The new Aibo will feel just like a real dog
However, the good things don’t end here. Aibo will contain two cameras attached to it, one in its nose, and the other one somewhere close to its tail. By using advanced AI techniques, it will be able to recognize faces, facial expressions, and gestures. Also, several sensors will help it tell when the owner is petting it.
Aibo should also understand spoken words and commands and, soon enough, Sony wants to improve the display available in the robotic dog’s eyes. This way, the toy will behave a lot like a real dog, and users won’t even be able to tell the difference.
Since updates will make it function properly, Aibo will come equipped with a special SIM card which will allow it to connect to the internet anywhere. This means that you can take the dog out for a walk while it downloads all the necessary updates.
At the moment, Aibo will be available only in Japan at the beginning of next year. If Sony gets convinced the new robo-dog is successful enough, they will launch it in other parts of the world as well.
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