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The Aibo resembles a dog

AIBO is one of several types of robotic dogs designed and manufactured by Sony; there have been several different models since their introduction in 1999. Able to walk, "see" its environment via camera, and recognize spoken commands, they are considered to be autonomous robots, since they are able to learn and mature based on external stimuli from their owner or environment, or from other AIBOs.

Aiboware (the name is a trademark of Sony corporation), is the title given to the software the AIBO runs on its pink memory stick. The Life Aiboware allows the robot to be raised from pup to fully grown adult while going through various stages of development as its owner interacts with it. The Explorer Aiboware allows the owner to interact with a fully mature robot able to understand (though not necessarily willing to obey) 100 voice commands. Without the Aiboware, the AIBO will run in what is called "clinic mode" and can only perform basic actions.

Many AIBO owners enjoy teaching their pets new behaviors by reprogramming them (in Sony's special 'R-CODE' language). However, in October of 2001, Sony sent a cease-and-desist notice to the webmaster of Aibopet.com/Aibohack.com (http://www.aibopet.com), demanding that he stop distributing code that was retrieved by bypassing the copy prevention mechanisms of the robot. Eventually, in the face of many outraged AIBO owners, Sony released a programmer's kit for 'non-commercial' use. The kit has now been expanded into three distinct tools: R-CODE, AIBO Remote Framework, and the OPEN-R SDK. These three tools are combined under the name AIBO SDE (http://www.sony.net/openr/) (Software Development Environment). All of these tools are free to download and can be used for commercial or non-commercial use (Except for the OPEN-R SDK, which is specifically for non-commercial use).

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Aibo playing with kids

The AIBO has seen use as an inexepensive platform for artificial intelligence research, because it integrates a computer, vision sytem, and articulators in a package vastly cheaper than conventional research robots. One common goal is to program a team of the robots to play soccer. RoboCup has a "Sony Four-Legged Robot League" in which several institutions worldwide participate.

AIBO's vision system uses the SIFT algorithm, to recognise its charging station. The newest versions are equiped with a Wi-Fi connection, allowing them to send the pictures they take via email. As a result, the Roblog originated.

AIBO's sounds were programmed by Japanese DJ/avant-garde composer Nobukazu Takemura, considered by many to be highly skilled at fusing mechanic and organic concepts, and the bodies of the "3x" series (Latte and Macaron, the round-headed Aibos released in 2001) were designed by visual artist Katsura Moshino.

Sony is developing QRIO, a humanoid robot, based on the same "OPEN-R" architecture as AIBO (but much more advanced). QRIO is Sony's corporate ambassador; there are no plans to sell this robot to the public.

See also: domestic robot.

External links

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