Saturday September 13, 2003Sony have updated the AIBO Companion Robot with a new design that incorporates a richer LED "face" display, eyesight three times sharper than previous models, built-in Wireless LAN connectivity and for the first time, you can give the robot dog a bone - the "AIBOne" to be exact, a pink toy that the new ERS-7 AIBO can pick up in its mouth.Wireless LAN connectivity coupled with the larger 32MB Memory Stick enables the owner to interact with the AIBO remotely via PC or mobile device and the hardware improvements also allowed Sony to produce new software named 'AIBO Mind' that allows AIBO to behave autonomously as well as through from PC-based applications.The remote control capabilities mean that the owner could instruct AIBO using email to take a picture of its location and send it back.Like previous models the ERS-7 AIBO has the ability to recognise its owner's face and voice as well as find its own charging station. New 'Visual Pattern Recognition' now adds the ability to distinguish shapes and patterns so that the robot can be given instructions based on visual communication.New electro-static 'touch' sensors enable AIBO to respond to gentle stroking (previous models required pushing a button) and the Brighter 'Illume-Face' lets the ER-7 express a wider range of emotions.The doubling of on-board memory and a new 64-bit RISC processor with a clock speed 150% faster than its predecessors also enhances the companionship benefits the robot can offer according to Sony, with the onboard memory enabling the ERS-7 to retain a "personality" which it w ill develop over its entire lifecycle.Stay tuned to Gizmo for updates on Australian release of the ER-7 or follow the links below to learn more.
Updated AIBO features built-in wireless connectivity
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Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks.All articles by Mike Hanlon