New dog robot wants a new home

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TOKYO >> Sony Corp. an­nounced it will re­lease a new dog­like aibo robot on Jan. 11.

As pro­duc­tion of the pre­vi­ous aibo model ended in 2006, the new ro­botic dog marks Sony’s first full-fledged en­try into the home robot mar­ket in 12 years.

The new ro­bots will be priced at about $1,730. Users will also need to sub­scribe to a cloud ser­vice ex­clu­sively for the aibo.

The new model is rounder, with a body about 12 inches long and weigh­ing about 4.8 pounds.

The aibo has the same functions as the ear­lier model in com­mu­ni­cat­ing with its own­ers.

The cen­tral part of the ro­bots’ eyes are made of or­ganic elec­tro­lu­mi­nes­cence dis­plays that can dis­play bright col­ors, so it has a range of fa­cial ex­pres­sions.

It is also equipped with ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence so it can learn how to bet­ter com­mu­ni­cate with its own­ers.

Each robot’s AI sys­tem is con­nected to a cen­tral AI sys­tem, with in­for­ma­tion from mul­ti­ple ro­bots sent to this cen­tral sys­tem via the internet so the ro­bots can learn to be­come more in­tel­li­gent.

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Sony Pres­i­dent Kazuo Hi­rai holds a new aibo robot model in Tokyo.

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