Sony's AI Robot Dog Aibo Is Back

Sony Corp’s President and Chief Executive Officer Kazuo Hirai holds entertainment robot ‘aibo’ at a news conference in Tokyo

Sony Corp’s President and Chief Executive Officer Kazuo Hirai holds entertainment robot ‘aibo’ at a news conference in Tokyo

In a bid to break into the growing artificial intelligence market, Sony is aiming to steal a march on the likes of Alphabet's Google, Apple and Facebook with the revival of Aibo.

The two announcements came one day after Sony forecasted a historical-high profit this year in its second-quarter (ending September 30) financial report.

The new version (which Sony is marketing as "aibo" instead of the prior "AIBO") comes equipped with a powerful computer chip, OLED displays for eyes and the ability to connect to mobile networks.

"It was a hard decision to stop the project in 2006, but we continued development in AI and robotics", Kazuo Hirai, Sony's chief executive officer, said in a news briefing.

The new robots will be priced at 198,000 yen (about $1,737), not including tax.

Sony eventually neutered Aibo production facilities in 2006, leading to an exodus of robotics and AI expertise.

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On Wednesday, Sony Corporation announced that they have relaunched their pet AI project and updated AIBO a decade after he was first introduced as the company's bid to rebuild its reputation as a pioneer for innovation after its restructuring is complete.

The "latest iteration of the beloved robotic companion" is built around a 64-bit quad-core brain, with deep learning technology seeing the aibo developing "its own unique personality through everyday interactions as it grows closer and closer to its owners".

Sony is aiming to sell more of the devices, exceeding the previous generation's 150,000 units, according to Izumi Kawanishi, executive vice president.

Furthermore, the new Aibo will only be available in Japan, so if you're keen to get your hands on the robotic canine be prepared to import it when the Aibo is released in January.

Aibo recognises and responds to voice commands, and can also be programmed. It can also remember which actions pleases its owner. Furthermore, Sony has invested in a U.S.

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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