Entertainment Robot "aibo" Announced

Sony Corporation (Sony) is today proud to announce "aibo," the evolution of its autonomous entertainment robot that brings fun and joy to the entire family. 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. It possesses a natural curiosity, and we hope it will bring joy into the everyday lives of our customers while growing alongside them as a partner.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.

Primary Features

Its cute, rounded appearance makes you want to reach out and pet it, while its seamless design is captivating and brimming with life. 

aibo shows its love for its owners through lifelike expressions and a dynamic array of movements. Its body language is expressed through a combination of eye, ear, and tail movements as well as different voice sounds. This lovable behavior brings warmth and delight to the everyday lives of 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.

Not content with merely waiting around to be called, curious little aibo will actively seek out its owners. What's more, 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. 

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 it to lead its life in close conjunction with its owners.

Sony Aibo

It Changes Over Time, Maturing and Growing into a One-of-a-kind Companion

As it interacts with people over time, aibo's behavior slowly changes and adapts in response to its unique environment. It eventually becomes able to respond to its owners' affection in kind, and when it feels loved, it will display 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 its owners and develops a unique personality over time. Further, with its owners' 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.

"My aibo" App Service scheduled to start from January 11, 2018.

"My aibo" is an app designed to help owners enjoy life with their aibo by providing support and convenience. In addition to accessing system settings and owner information, other features include "aibo Photos," which lets users view any pictures taken, a feature to "Play" with a virtual aibo inside the app, and the "aibo Store," where users can add additional Tricks to their aibo. Some of these features are also accessible to users who do not own an aibo. "My aibo" can be downloaded from Google Play and the App Store. A web browser version is also available at http://aibo.com.

Technical Details

Product Name aibo
Color Ivory White
Model Number ERS-1000
Processor 64bit Quad-Core CPU
Freely Movable Parts Head:3 axes、Mouth:1 axis、Neck:1 axis、Loin:1 axis、
Forepaws/Back paws:3 axes per leg、Ear:1 axis per ear、
Tail:2 axes (Total of 22 axes)
Display 2 OLEDs (eyes)
Sound Speaker, 4 Microphones
Camera 2 Cameras(Front camera, SLAM camera)
Sensors ToF sensor、2 PSD sensors、
Pressure sensitive/capacitive type touch sensor(Back sensor)、
Capacitive type touch sensor(Head sensor, jaw sensor)
6 axis detection system(3 axis gyro/3 axis acceleration)×2 (Head、Torso)
Motion sensor, Light sensor, 4 Paw pads
Switches Power button, Volume button, Network switch
Indicators Status LED, Network LED
Terminals Charging pins, SIM card slot
Communications Mobile Network Communication Function(Data transmission): LTE
Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11b/g/n
Outside dimensions Approx. 180 × 293 × 305 mm
(While standing: width×height×depth *Not including protruding parts)
Weight Approx. 2.2 kg
Power Consumption Approx. 14 W
Battery Duration Approx. 2 hours
Recharge Time Approx. 3 hours
Main Accesories Charging Station (Charging stand, Charging mat)、AC adapter, Power cord, Pink ball,
SIM card, Printed Materials