Sony AIBO upgraded to Mind 3

Posted on Sunday, October 02 2005 @ 2:49 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
AIBO is a free-spirited and seriously intelligent companion with a burning desire to entertain. Watch it play music from your favourite CDs, dance the night away at parties, take pictures of the kids and communicate with your friends. AIBO recognises faces and voices, expresses emotion through its face lights and even connects remotely to the Internet so you can keep in touch with it from anywhere. Now with Mind 3 software on board, AIBO is more engaging, entertaining and interactive than ever!

AIBO can now blog its own photo diary and read out website content aloud AIBO remembers the location of its items and its favourite place Simple dialogue with AIBO is now possible with AIBO responding with spoken words You can connect with AIBO over the Internet and navigate it or take pictures from anywhere in the world

“AIBO continues to utilise the latest developments in Artificial Intelligence to evolve into a truly intelligent and multitalented companion,” says Hilde Niedermann, General Manager of Sony Entertainment Robot Europe. “With Mind 3, we have expanded the internet functionality, the intelligence of AIBO and taken another step towards our ultimate goal of totally autonomous behaviour for entertainment robots.”

One of the most exciting developments with Mind 3 is the new Diary and Blog feature. More than ever, AIBO thinks about its experiences, recording them in a daily diary complete with photos and comments about how it feels. This diary can easily be uploaded from your PC to an online Blog, giving owners around the world the opportunity to see what other AIBOs are doing – great if you need some inspiration! Want to hear how AIBO feels? That’s no problem with Mind 3! AIBO will communicate in spoken words, telling you just how pleased it is with itself or whether it’s feeling a bit down about things. AIBO also likes to express itself on the dance floor and with Mind 3 your slick-footed companion is even more tuned in to the beat. Next time you’re throwing a party, just say ‘Dance to the music’ or ‘Groove to the music’ and AIBO will listen along to the Hi-Fi using its microphones and create an entertaining, adrenaline-loaded dance routine that will leave all your friends wide-eyed with amazement.

A Connectivity Companion!Imagine you’re on holiday or a business trip and find yourself wanting to check up on your house. You can now connect with AIBO from anywhere in the world remotely via Internet. Tell AIBO to take a picture and e-mail it back to you, play music or read out your work schedule for the following week. Want AIBO to read out the latest headlines, business news or sports stories from your favourite websites when you get home from work? With AIBO Net News and the help of RSS feeds, just sit back and relax while AIBO keeps you up to speed with all that has happened in the world!

Think of your living room at home and how good it would be if AIBO remembered where all its toys were. With Mind 3 on board, AIBO gains a unique location memory that allows it to remember exactly where its favourite place, AIBOne, pink ball and energy station are located for up to five minutes. Say ‘Go to the Station’ and AIBO will head there without having to stop to scan the room for visual patterns. Location memory is an exciting concept in robotics and allows AIBO to be more independent around your home.

AIBO Mind 3 will be introduced in October on Pearl White and Pearl Black ERS-7 models along with a stunning new Champagne Brown model sporting unique ear and tail colouring. Existing owners of an ERS-7 model using AIBO Mind or Mind 2 will be able to purchase an upgrade kit with user-friendly auto upgrade software and a 128MB Memory Stick, available at the same time as AIBO Mind 3.

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Thomas De Maesschalck

Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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