For those who are lonely but don’t want to keep a real pet, Sony has a very cute alternative for them. The company just relaunched Aibo, its iconic robotic dog, now powered by artificial intelligence and loads of other technologies.
Originally debuted in 1999, Aibo’s production got stopped in 2006 due to its poor sales and costly part replacements. No doubt that the Japanese weren’t happy with this news at all, it was even given a funeral by Sony engineer Toshitada Doi. While this electric pet is back now, we can easily understand that it has surely picked up a few new tricks during its absence.
More realistic with the power of AI
The new version of Aibo is more doglike than any other models came before it; even its movement seems like a real-life puppy. It can tilt its head, wag its tail, open its mouth and move its paw and ears. Just like a real dog, you can make it chase a ball or give you a high five. With the help of artificial intelligence, it can also learn new tricks, what it likes or not, recognize new faces and detects danger.
To help Aibo understand its surroundings and acclimate to the environment, cameras are installed in its snout and near its backside. The sensor, camera and other technology together help it understand petting, praise and let it form a bond with its owner.
Apart from its cute face and four-legged body, Aibo has some other features. All of its learned behaviors, as well as other data, will be stored in the cloud, which you can access later. The data will be updated automatically as it comes into contact with other humans, as well as Aibos.
Well, this amazingly cute companion doesn’t come cheap. The price of Aibo is 198,000 yen, or about $1,750. It’s available to pre-order and will go on sale on January 11, 2018. However, it will only be available in Japan and doesn’t have any plan yet to leave its homeland. While some of you are excited that you don’t need to spend money on feeding a real dog or taking them to the vet regularly, whether it will love unconditionally like a real one, is still a question.