Sony’s new pet robot
Sony’s new robotic dog isn’t like any other robotic pet on the market. For starters, it costs a whopping £1,300. That’s because the Aibo pet robot is powered by artificial intelligence – a computer system able to perform tasks normally requiring human intelligence. The company says that Aibo “can form an emotional bond with members of the household while providing them with love, affection and the joy of nurturing and raising a companion”. It’s also capable of learning and adapting to create a unique personality. Aibo has OLED eyes – technology that is also used in some TV and phone screens – to give it lots of different facial expressions, and cameras to recognise faces. Sony isn’t new to the robotic-dog business. The company brought out its first robotic dog in 1999 – it sold out in just 20 minutes.