Sony's Aibo robot dog returns

Sony to launch new version of its popular robot dog

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Sony's Aibo robot dog returns Sony's new Aibo will feature enhanced capabilities and personality. (Getty Images)
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By  Mark Sutton Published  November 1, 2017

Sony's Aibo a robotic dog is set to make a return after a ten-year gap.

The electronics giant has announced plans for a new and improved version of the AI robot dog, which went out of production in 2006.

The original Aibo was released in 1999 as an entertainment robot, although it gained popularity among robotics researchers and early e-sports with Robocup Aibo football matches.

The new version of Aibo will go on sale in Japan from January 2018. This upgrade includes improved sensor and movement technology, and more advanced AI for the dog's personality. It will also be web-enabled, to support more complex cloud-driven capabilities. The new model will cost around $1,700.

Aibo recognises and responds to voice commands, and can also be programmed. The new model has also been designed to look more realistic than the previous version. The original Aibo design's won several awards, and are now housed in the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) and the Smithsonian Institute.

Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai said at a press conference that Aibo was being reintroduced to "connect with the family and give them joy".

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