Sonys NextGen AIBO RoboDog Entertains CES Crowds

first_img Turns out you can teach an old robotic dog new tricks.Sony’s iconic cyborg pup AIBO entertained audiences at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.On display outside of Japan for the first time, the next-generation companion drew crowds at CES 2018, “with fans and media eager to see” the dancing, fetching, observant canine, according to CNN.Sony in November unveiled the latest version of AIBO, more than a decade after we last saw the domesticated bot. Introduced as a prototype in 1998, the first consumer model launched in 1999; new configurations were released every year until 2005.Marketed as “entertainment robots,” AIBOs (which means “pal” or “partner” in Japanese) were popular with educators and researchers, and have featured as futuristic pets in movies, music videos, and advertising campaigns.In early 2006, Sony announced plans to discontinue to the product line, gradually withdrawing customer support through 2013.But even the multinational conglomerate couldn’t resist those digitally enhanced puppy-dog eyes and that mechanical tail wag.Fun for the whole family (via Sony)Built with a “natural curiosity,” the brown-and-white pup can form an emotional bond with people, “providing them with love, affection, and the joy of nurturing and raising a companion,” according to Sony.Plus, you don’t have to clean up its poop, or worry about allergies.Despite its cold, polished body and rigid extremities, AIBO is undeniably cute; the way it moves along 22 axes to shake its head or scratch its ear is oddly compelling.The robo-dog can also detect words of praise, smiles, petting, and other human interactions, and will become aware of its environment to the point where it can walk around with confidence and respond to situations.Online pre-orders of the ¥198,000 ($1,778) machine sold out in a day; early-bird buyers can expect their new pet to arrive as of next week—in Japan. There is no word on when (or if) Sony will begin shipping to other countries.“The latest generation of the beloved robotic companion … features an adorable new appearance, vibrant movements, and a responsiveness that is sure to delight,” the Sony website said. “AIBO develops its own unique personality through everyday interactions with its owners.”Plus, it comes with two fish-eye cameras (one in its nose), mapping technology, and a slew of sensors, all powered by a 64-bit quad-core CPU processor.Oh, and an exclusive “aibone” toy to “spice up your life with AIBO.”For more CES coverage visit our sister site PC Mag.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Robot Dog Astro Can Sit, Lie Down, and Save LivesYou Can’t Squish This Cockroach-Inspired Robot Stay on targetlast_img read more