SONY has announced the launch of its new robot dog

Sony Corp’s entertainment robot ‘aibo’ approaches its staff at a news conference in Tokyo

Sony Corp’s entertainment robot ‘aibo’ approaches its staff at a news conference in Tokyo

The developers of the new model of robot-dog said that in honor of the previous models, the novelty will receive the name Aibo, and among the innovations there is a constant Internet connection and smart control electronic devices in the house.

Shares in Sony Corp soared to a nine-year high on Wednesday after it forecast record earnings that have vindicated its restructuring efforts and raised expectations of sustained momentum in profitability. These eyes are small screens that can give the robotic dog diverse and nuanced expressions, in addition to a rounded silhouette and a mouth that tilts up in a smile.

"It was a hard decision to stop the project in 2006, but we continued development in AI and robotics", chief executive Kazuo Hirai said at a news briefing. Preorders begin later today for 198,000 yen ($1,738) plus a basic monthly network plan. Experts improved system for the transmission of emotions in the robot, whereby the electronic dog will behave just like a real puppy, rejoicing, fearing, and exploring the world around us. It is capable of learning and interacting with both its owner and its surroundings. It sold about 150,000 dogs in Japan before ceasing production seven years later when its core consumer electronics business struggled in price wars with emerging Asian rivals. Aibo, meaning partner in Japanese (but which neatly also stands for AI bot), had new models released every year until 2005. The new upgrade is equipped with new movement and sensing technologies and advanced AI backed by cloud computing to develop the dog's personality.

Outside developers will also be able to create applications for the new digital pet, which can be downloaded from an app store being developed by Sony.

It can also be used for educational purposes, home security and as a personal assistant, the company said. Furthermore, Sony has invested in a U.S.

Sony's original Aibo was one of the first artificial intelligence products built for ordinary consumers, first released in 1999.

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