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Aibo, Sony's robot dog, is making a comeback in the United States with 'First Litter Edition'

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Aug 23, 2018

Aibo, Sony's robotic puppy that was first introduced in 1999 and discontinued in 2006, is coming back with a sixth generation release in the United States. Also titled "First Litter," this iteration of aibo will include the dog itself, a three-year iCloud plan to back up its memory, a pink ball, an "aibone," a charging station, and a specially numbered dog tag. 

“This is truly a one-of-a-kind product designed to connect with its owners on an emotional level,” said Mike Fasulo, president and chief operating officer of Sony Electronics North America in an official release. “aibo’s charming personality, dog-like behaviors and ability to intelligently interact with family members help to create a personal bond. Bringing aibo back to the U.S. reflects Sony’s broader commitment to provide consumers with products that not only entertain them, but also enrich their lives.”

Just like regular canines, no two aibos are the same, with their personalities, habits, and knowledge being formed from interactions with their owners and even the change of the seasons. In addition, one's aibo will actively seek out attention and recognize forms of human praise, smiles, and head scratches.

This adaptivity stems from "learning AI technology in the form of built-in sensors that can detect and analyze sounds and images."

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Using the "My aibo" app, you can access pictures taken by your robotic puppy while also adding new tricks to his/her data bank.

aibo operates via "a wide range of sensors, cameras and actuators to bring aibo to life. Ultra-compact 1- and 2-axis actuators give aibo's body the freedom to move along a total of 22 axes."

The aibos go on sale in September, and since they're such advanced pieces of machinery, they'll set you back $2,899. Your personal metal friend will be delivered in time for the winter holidays, but if you're still on the fence about getting one, you can try out the aibo for yourself at Sony Square NYC from August 24 to October 14.

Proceed to the following gallery for a 360-degree look at aibo.

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