SAN DIEGO, September 4, 2003: Sony announce a new
version of its autonomous AIBO® Entertainment Robot.
new version, called ERS-7, has many new features: voice and
face recognition, new visual pattern recognition, wireless
connection, 3 new infrared distance sensors, ...
AIBO is able to connect wirelessly with other electronic
devices, transmitting photos, sound files and messages and
moreover it is able to find its Energy Station and recharge
itself when its battery runs low.
In addition to increased voice recognition capabilities,
which allow the robot to understand approximately180 voice
commands, the new model comes equipped with a newly developed
visual pattern recognition technology so it can identify 15
credit card sized AIBO Cards that issue commands, change settings
Aibo is also able to recognize an edge, with its edge detection
sensor, in order to reduce the risk of it falling off steep
ERS-7 will be available in early November with suggested
retail price of $1,599 and includes AIBO MIND software, a
recharging Energy Station, one battery, a set of 15 AIBO Cards,
an AIBOne (a new toy bone that AIBO can chase and retrieve
for fun), AIBO's favorite pink ball, and the WLAN Manager