Sony's Aibo robo-dog finally goes on sale in the US - but the AI canine will set you back $2900

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Sony's new-and-improved Aibo robot dog is finally coming to the US.

The Japanese tech giant said Tuesday the special 'First Litter Edition' is now open for pre-orders in the US, with the robotic 'puppy' arriving on consumers' doorsteps in mid-December - 'just in time for the holidays,' Sony said.

Aibo - August - Cost - Price - Tag

The new-and-improved Aibo was first announced in August and comes at a hefty cost, with a price tag of $2,899.

The 'First Litter Edition' Aibo packs more smarts than previous iterations, like the ability to learn custom tricks, map and navigate a room with ease and learn up to 100 faces.

Buyers - Bundle - Aibo - Station - Paw

For $2,899, buyers get a bundle that includes Aibo, a charging station, paw pads, a pink ball, an 'aibone' and three years of access to the Aibo cloud app.

Aibo 2.0 is a major step up from the original robotic puppy dog first launched by Sony back in 1999.

Sony - Aibo - Tons - Cameras - Sensors

Sony says it fitted Aibo with tons of cameras, touch sensors and microphones to make it more responsive and lifelike. The puppy's 4,000 parts and 22 actuators allow it to wag its tail, shake your hand, move its ears back and forth and kick a ball, as well as move or blink its eyes thanks to two Sony organic LED displays that can even follow its owner around.

A cloud-connected AI engine enables it to detect and analyze sounds and images, which means it can more fully interact with its owner.

Aibo - Touch - Words - Praise - Smiles

Aibo responds to your touch when you scratch or pet it and can even recognize words of praise and smiles.

Sony's latest re-imagination of Aibo has also given the robo dog a personality.

Wifi - Connection - Aibo - Experiences - Cloud

Using a Wifi connection, Aibo uploads all of its day-to-day experiences to the cloud, forming a memory database that enables its unique personality to grow and evolve over time....
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