Nov 1, 2017

Sony revives Aibo robot dog toy

Sony says it is to bring back Aibo, its famous robot pet dog. The return of Aibo suggests that Sony has finally got its innovative spirit back, say experts, after several difficult years. In 2006, veteran Sony engineer Toshitada Doi threw a mock funeral for Aibo, after the firm axed his pet project for being superfluous, according to the Wall Street Journal. "What Sony is doing is using Aibo to demonstrate its artificial intelligence credentials," commented Nick Maynard, a research analyst at Juniper Research. "What's fascinating is that Sony certainly seems to have its innovation mojo back, whether it's the Xperia Touch Android-based projector for smart homes, the e-ink watch or the 3D Creator augmented-reality technology that lets you scan someone's head and make an avatar of them," Ben Wood, a chief analyst at CCS Insight told the BBC. "Because Sony's fortunes as a corporation have improved, it's given it the confidence to bet on riskier technologies."

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