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Sony Announces Its New "aibo" Autonomous Robot

Published: Nov 01,2017

Sony Corporation today announced "aibo" the evolution of its autonomous entertainment robot. aibo can form an emotional bond with members of the household while providing them with love, affection, and the joy of nurturing and raising a companion.

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As the latest iteration of the beloved robotic companion, aibo features an adorable appearance, vibrant movements, and a responsiveness that is sure to delight. It will also develop its own unique personality through everyday interactions as it grows closer and closer to its owners.

In order to bring aibo to life and allow it to express its emotions, Sony developed ultracompact 1- and 2-axis actuators. These give aibo's compact body the freedom to move along a total of 22 axes and make its smooth, natural movements possible.

Furthermore, its eyes utilize two OLEDs to allow for diverse, nuanced expressions.

In addition, 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. Slowly but surely, aibo will also become more aware of its environment, and as it gains confidence it will learn to walk around an increasingly wider area and respond to situations accordingly.

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