Sony’s New Aibo Robotic Dog is Giving Us Puppy Dog Eyes

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Sony has been making robotic puppies for nearly eleven years, and they’ve debuted a 2017 version of their Aibo, and this one’s puppy dog eyes will have you enchanted.

The bad news is that Aibo is only for sale in Japan (because you know how they love their robotic doggies!) but it’s cool enough to covet it from wherever you are!

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Aibo has 22 axes of motion, which means that it can sit, walk, shake hands, sit, play ball, scratch (a digital itch, of course) and wag it’s adorable robo-tail. The ears move, the mouth opens, and much like all our real-life puppy dog loves, it’s little AI head turns and tilts so you really believe it’s giving you those puppy dog eyes!

It has touch sensors on its head, chin and back so it’ll know when the loving is coming and its speaker will ensure that the dog noises are realistic. It accepts voice commands using four microphones, and a pair of the coolest OLED puppy dog eyes to blink and wink at you, even though it is actually using a simultaneous localization and mapping setup (SLAM) in its mouth in conjunction with a nose camera to actually ‘see’ what’s going on.

Aibo lovers ought to be ready to shell out some big bucks, because like all pets, there is a financial responsibility that comes with being their human. Aibo costs about 179,000 yen, which is a cool $1,750 US dollars. Even though you won’t have the expense of kibble, Sony is pretty insistent that you feed your Aibo megabytes with a three-year subscription plan that will run owners about $26 a month. Sony says this allows better LTE access for smartphone and app compatibility (off course there is an app for Aibo!) and to help build their cloud infrastructure.

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This also helps your Aibo to grow and learn like any new puppy should, constantly pulling data from the cloud. This, says Sony, will help your robo-pup turn into a personable little thing with its own unique character traits and personality. With the app, you’ll be able to see life from Aibo’s perspective, and using its SLAM system, Aibo will even learn the layout of your house just like a real dog.

If you want to give Aibo a bone, you can buy him one for $26, but you won’t be able to do anything unless you’re in Japan, where they are on preorder now for a January 11th release.

Yes, we see you buying that airplane ticket…