Seven-year-old Masahiko Nozue gets down on the floor and romps with AIBO,
Sony's robotic pet dog. The Nozues had wanted a real dog, but pets are
not allowed in their apartment. AIBO never needs to be fed, bathed, or
walked, although it can simulate urination; it doesn't shed hair, bark
at the neighbors, or need to be kept in a kennel when its owners are on
vacation. Still, its behavior is so lifelike that the Nozues find it hard
to treat it like a machine. One charge on its rechargeable battery lasts
about two hours, and during that time AIBO is for all intents and purposes
one of the family.
The first two letters of the word AIBO stand for
Artificial Intelligence. AIBO is also a robot with eyes, so [it is] an
eyebo(t). Finally, AIBO is also named after the japanese word for 'pal.'
Contact, infrared, acceleration, angular velocity,
Just the beginning
Merran S. Wrigley