Sony’s AI Dog, aibo, Can Now Learn New Tricks
Sony Electronics has announced an extensive software update for its autonomous robot puppy companion, aibo. The software update opens the device to developer customization and feature enhancements, reflecting Sony’s ongoing commitment to the continued evolution of aibo. Both U.S. and Japanese aibo owners now have access to new programmable resources with the update, as well as several new capabilities, such as the ability to virtually feed aibo cookies, potty train it and more.
The Version 2.50 software update for the aibo ERS1000 model introduces a new aibo Web-based application programming interface (API), which provides owners access to both the aibo Developer Program, a licensing program for more seasoned developers and aibo Visual Programming, an easy-to-use tool for beginner programmers who can use a tool to create original movements and tricks for aibo.
“Sony is committed to working towards ongoing advancements and enhancements in AI (artificial intelligence) and robotics technologies,” said Michiko Araki Kelley, vice president, New Business and Corporate Marketing Group, Sony Electronics North America, in the announcement statement. “Software updates like Version 2.50 help to improve the aibo user experience, and also continue to help lead the AI and robotics conversation into the future.”