April 21, 2019
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Sony presents new version of robot-dog Aibo

Tokyo, Jan 23 (efe-epa).- Japanese tech giant Sony on Wednesday announced new features of its robot dog Aibo which allows it to patrol the house and monitor up to 10 people.

The new service will be available to the owners of the Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered dog by mid-February with an upcoming software update, Sony said in a statement.

A year ago Sony released a version of the pioneering dog-robot created in 1999 that included the ability to give affection to their owners, learn new words, gestures, commands and respond to them through an AI system in the cloud.

With the new function, the company seeks to add a sense of security to the experience of people living with Aibo.

Sony also announced a collaboration with security service firm Secom to add new functions and surveillance services.

The next update of its software will allow Aibo to make a map of the house and patrol the area. It will also be able to register the names and faces of up to 10 people, which it will be able to track.

Through sensors and cameras in its nose and tail, the dog will be able to carry out surveillance of the home, which can be programmed by its owners through their smartphones.

The firm also said that from Feb. 1, a brown-and-white model will be sold. The robot has so far only been available in white.

The company on its website said that the new function is not designed for medical, child and elderly care and neither is it intended for crime prevention. It said that the company will not be responsible for incidents resulting from the use of the robot-dog for these purposes.

The robot-dog costs around 198,000 yen ($1,800), excluding 90,000 yen that the users pay every three years for a subscription to its cloud which it uses to develop its personality.

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