Would you ever welcome the idea of replacing your beloved Bingo with a robot? Think of it as one that uses Artificial Intelligence and responds to commands. The robot mimics the sound of an actual dog, and it also uses cameras and facial recognition technology.
This might sound like something out of a film, but it is not. The Aibo is a lot like a real dog that interacts with humans and even misbehaves sometimes. The most recent brand of robot puppy was introduced in 2018 and costs over a million naira — $2,900 precisely.
Aibo was designed by the Japanese tech giant, Sony. The electronic animal is not to be seen as a toy as a group of people, however small, have made it a part of their family. To be fair, Sony even believes that it has been a success.
The limited-edition units of the Aibo sold out in the United States. It has also still maintained some demand in the US market following its launch in August 2018.
Aibo is an example of how AI at its raw form can be incorporated in homes. However, experts believe there is still a lot to learn about the robotic companion. It also raises issues around privacy for biometrics and consumer data.
Pet Robot Dog
Sony first introduced the Aibo twenty years ago in 1999. However, the company discontinued it in 2006. Then last year, it announced the new generation ERS-1000, which happens to be the sixth generation of the robot.
The pet robot dog takes photos with its face-scanning cameras that takes occasional photos that saved on the Aibo App. This limits its sale to every other state in the US except Illinois. The Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) that controls the collection of biometric data and face scans in the state is the reason for this.
The Aibo can learn to behave differently around people it knows, just like a regular dog. Although, it has a built-in facial recognition ability through its cameras. Interestingly, the device does not do any audio recording.
The dog responds to verbal cues like the usual, sit or stand. It also has cloud-based functions that make it learn new things when it’s connected to the internet. However, it can function without an internet connection, only that it won’t be able to learn any new interaction because the cloud features will be unavailable.