Sony’s new pet robot

The Week - Junior - - Science And Technology -

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.

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