Created in the lab: Sony unveils new robotic puppy

Created in the lab: Sony unveils new robotic puppy

Other than that it comes with cameras, microphones, boasts internet connectivity and an array of sensors. Shipments will start on January 11, 2018.

Shares in Sony Corp soared to a nine-year high on Wednesday after it forecast record earnings that have vindicated its restructuring efforts and raised expectations of sustained momentum in profitability. It will also be web-enabled, to support more complex cloud-driven capabilities.

"It was a hard decision to stop the project in 2006, but we continued development in AI and robotics", Chief Executive Officer Kazuo Hirai said at a news briefing.

Sony also adds that they believe AI technology is a future pillar of growth and they hope to catch up with major technology companies like Facebook, Apple, and Google to develop AI technology.




Aibo has OLED screens for eyes nowadays, eyes that can display its feelings, although it might be better to not give it feelings at all, as it's going to be sad most of the time because it's internet connected now as well. "What's more, Aibo can detect words of praise, smiles, head and back scratches, petting, and more, allowing it to learn and remember what actions make its owners happy", said Sony. New models were released every year until 2005.

The Japanese electronics giant discontinued the Aibo robot dog line more than a decade ago, but the cost of making the Aibo, which means "partner" in Japanese, saw the AI-powered four-legged friend consigned to Sony's kennel in the sky. Furthermore, Sony has invested in a U.S. Alongside the robot dog, Sony is launching a 2,980 yen ($26) bone-shaped toy accessory that promises to "spice up your life with Aibo". The firm also established a venture capital fund to build partnerships with AI start ups and robotics as well as researchers.

Earlier this year, Sony's education arm launched its first product, Koov, which aims to teach children coding through building and programming robots using plastic blocks.

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