Man’s Best Friend

Malaysia Tatler Society - - BEST OF LIFE -

Sony’s adorable robotic dog, Aibo, launched in 1999, was dis­con­tin­ued due to lack of cus­tomers. But af­ter the great leaps and bounds made in ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence since, the elec­tronic house­hold com­pan­ion is back. The new Aibo is both smarter and cuter than be­fore, boast­ing more nat­u­ral mo­tion, hun­dreds of dif­fer­ent new move­ments and ges­tures, and a set of twin­kling OLED eyes with life­like sparkle. It will even mod­ify its be­hav­iour as it be­comes more fa­mil­iar with its owner and peo­ple it meets. For even greater re­al­ism, Aibo is also de­signed to act un­pre­dictably now and again, with some quirks pro­grammed in, such as fear of tight spa­ces and heights. Aibo can be or­dered from Ja­pan and can be shipped out af­ter Jan­uary 11, so it will soon be bark­ing on our shores.

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