Sony upgrades their Aibo robot dog.
The latest upgrade to Sony's canine-like AIBO Entertainment Robot ERS-7M2/W and ERS-7M2/B feature new software applications, more personalized interaction, new tricks and the ability to house sit.
With the new AIBO Entertainment Player (AEP) functions AIBO ERS-7 model owners can control, program and navigate the robot wirelessly from the PC.
The robot's digital camera functions also get a boost with the addition of video recording capabilities, which can make AIBO a house-sitter, recording activities in the home while owners are at work or on vacation.
The combination of AEP and AIBO MIND 2 (a software application on 32 MB Memory Stick® media) offers several customized recording modes -- continuous, time lapsed, motion activated and sound activated.
In addition, the AIBO EYES function allows owners to receive e-mail directly from the AIBO robot with an attached photo.
AIBO robot can also playback your favorite digital music files (compatible with WAV, MP3 and WMA files) or CDs from its speakers while it dances to the beat. AIBO Scheduler is compatible with Microsoft® Outlook®, so it can remind you about important appointments.
The new software improves the AIBO robot's reaction time for better response to voice commands. The new robot also has advanced face tracking and faster, smoother movements that improve itsdetection ability to avoid obstacles at a greater distance or in a darker environment.
The new ERS-7M2/W (pearl white) and ERS-7M2/B (pearl black) models include AIBO Entertainment Player and AIBO MIND 2 software and will be available in mid-November for about $1,900.
More details in Sony Press-Release.
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