The most amazing thing about tech is that there are virtually no limits to what you can do with it. We have seen the craziest of crazies, some of which we have featured here before, from gadgets that allow you to send an actual kiss that someone on the other end will feel, to virtual girlfriends and human-like sex toys. Well, to add to that list is Sony’s latest release, a robot dog known as Aibo.
Aibo is a series of robotic pets that were first released back on May 11, 1999, and a new model was released every year until 2005. Sony seems to be bored and they have decided to revive this series of robotic pets. According to Sony, Aibo brings fun and joy to the entire family and 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.
The robotic dog has the following features:
- Natural movements thanks to its 22 axes
- Two OLED display eyes to allow for diverse, nuanced expressions
- Enough curiosity to nag you but hopefully not too annoying, coz I’d just switch it off
- 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
- Adapts in response to its unique environment
- 2-hour battery life with a 3-hour charge time
- 64bit Quad-Core CPU
- Speaker, 4 Microphones
- 2 Cameras (Front camera, SLAM camera)
- 4G LTE support
- Touch sensors, motion sensors and a light sensor
To complement your new robot dog is the “My Aibo” app that gives access to system settings, view any photos taken by Aibo and purchase additional dog tricks from the Aibo Store.
Aibo will fetch your pocket 198,000 Japanese Yen which translates to Ksh.180,157.73. To enjoy your robot dog in full, you will need to buy a three-year subscription for 90,000 JPY (Ksh.81,889.88) but hey, there’s no price you can put on some robotic companion.