Sony turns robot dog into AI assistant

Sony turns robot dog into AI assistant

That robotic canine you wanted as a kid has returned. And sadly, it’s just as costly.

Sony had announced that right after more than a decade since retiring its robotic dog product, the Aibo is going to be coming back for real.

Image: aibo/sony/screenshot

The new Aibo has additionally learnt some new tricks. The AI capability will allow it to understand and recognise people’s faces, please remember and avoid obstacles in a room.

It’ll also be voice-capable and impair connected, being able to record photos plus save them online. For example , stating “take a picture” will result in the Aibo to take a shot plus send it to the cloud, obtainable later from a companion app.  

“Aibo’s AI learns through interactions with owners and builds up an unique personality over time, ” states Sony on its website. “With its owner’s permission, Aibo may collect data from these interactions plus… become even more clever. “

But with a hefty price tag of $1, 740 (Â¥198, 000), Sony’s definitely betting that people are willing to shell out for your nostalgia of the device.

You’ve also got to pay $21 (Â¥2, 500) per month for Aibo’s impair subscription service, which includes backup plus access to the Aibo app.

Aibo with its Aibone.

The Aibo will also have a bone â€? a smart one, normally â€? called the Aibone (I understand right. ) That’ll set you back an additional $22 (Â¥2980).

But naturally , you’re not really paying for a pet, yet an AI device.

The Aibo’s battery life reportedly lasts about two hours, and takes 3 hours to recharge.

Image: aibo/sony/screenshot

The new Aibo is usually ready for pre-order â€? but only when you’re in Japan, and will begin shipping on Jan. 11.

If you’re not in Japan, even though, you’ll just have to make do with a genuine dog for now.  

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