Just when we thought the future is still a distance away, Sony comes and surprises us with aibo. aibo is a robot dog that is capable of forming an emotional bond with you. He’s also really really cute, with lifelike features and dynamic expressions. Just take a look:
Dawwww! He’s so adorable!
A Lifelike Companion
Just the appearance of aibo makes you want to reach out and pet him with his cute and round appearance. And when he moves, you’re gonna fall in love with him immediately. Sony has really broken the bank using ultracompact 1- and 2-axis actuators to give aibo’s body the freedom to move along 22 axes and make smooth, natural movements. Furthermore, his eyes are two OLEDs that allow for diverse and nuanced expressions.
The best part? His little tail can wag in anticipation or joy!
aibo Forms Bonds with You!
Yes you heard us right. aibo isn’t just a Furby ripoff that sits around and makes strange noises. aibo is an emotional creature and he will grow to love you (and you, him).
Not content with merely waiting around to be called, curious little aibo will actively seek you out. What’s more, he can detect words of praise, smiles, head and back scratches, petting, and more, allowing him to learn and remember what actions make you happy.
This adaptable behavior is made possible through Sony’s well-cultivated deep learning technology, in the form of inbuilt sensors that can detect and analyze sounds and images. aibo also comes with fish-eye cameras that utilize simultaneous location and mapping (SLAM) technology, allowing him to lead his life in close conjunction with yours.
aibo Even Grows With You
As if responding to you and learning your ways isn’t enough, cute little aibo can change and mature. As he interacts with people over time, his behavior slowly changes and adapts in response to the environment. He will eventually be able to respond to your affection in kind. When he feels loved, he displays even more love and affection in return, nurturing a bond that only deepens as time goes on.
These perpetual changes are brought about through Sony’s unique AI technology, which allows aibo to interface with the cloud. aibo’s AI learns from interactions with you and develops a unique personality over time. Further, with your permission, aibo can collect data from these interactions, then connect to the cloud and access the knowledge accumulated from interactions between different owners and their aibo to become even more clever.
What a time to be alive.