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Aibo Robot Dog Returning in 2018

Sony is launching a refreshed version of its Aibo robot dog in 2018. The new Aibo will feature artificial intelligence (AI), internet connectivity, voice control, and the ability to control connected devices throughout its environment.
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How Buddy Is Helping Autistic Children
By Steve Crowe · 1 December, 2015 • Social robots like Buddy are becoming crucial technologies to help people with autism better integrate in our society
Ecovacs Sells $47 Million of Home Robots in 24 Hours
By RT Staff · 24 November, 2015 • For the second year in a row, Ecovacs Robotics sold the largest number of products in the small appliances category on Singles’ Day, the largest online shopping day in the world
Hacked Amazon Echo Controls a Wheelchair
By Steve Crowe · 11 November, 2015 • Watch as Amazon Echo thinks it turning lights on and off as it's really controlling a wheelchair.
Alpha 2 Humanoid Robot is Your Family’s Personal Assistant
By Steve Crowe · 11 November, 2015 • UBTECH's Alpha 2 humanoid robot is designed as an interactive family companion capable of accomplishing a range of typical household tasks.
How Building Jibo’s Skills is Similar to Creating Video Games
By Team Jibo · 10 November, 2015 • For developers from the video gaming world, there are some very interesting parallels between writing a game and writing a Jibo skill.
How Buddy’s Design Helps Him Engage with Your Family
By RT Staff · 6 November, 2015 • Buddy's design was inspired by Wall-E, R2D2 and babies. We take a look at what went into the companion robot's personality and how he engages with families.
Jibo Production Process Well Underway
By Team Jibo · 23 October, 2015 • Jibo’s manufacturing team recently got back from a trip to China, where they were working with Jibo’s contract manufacturer on the Jibo Engineering Validation Test.
Pepper Humanoid Robot Debuts in France
By Steve Crowe · 22 October, 2015 • Pepper, the humanoid robot from Softbank, has debuted in France, marking the first time the companion robot has ventured outside of Japan.
Do You Know Why Jibo Only Has 1 Eye?
By Jibo · 15 October, 2015 • Jibo’s eye is designed to convey a multitude of things and play an integral role in the skills developers build. So, if the eye is such an important piece of Jibo, why is there only one?
Buddy Robot Adds 3D Vision, Expanded Personality
By Steve Crowe · 15 October, 2015 • Thanks to 3D vision and an enhance personality, Buddy the companion robot is going to be an even closer part of the family.
How Jibo’s Movements Help Him Engage with Humans
By Team Jibo · 18 September, 2015 • For social robots, movement is very important as it ties to how much of human communication is non-verbal. Jibo enjoys 360 degrees of motion, and there are two reasons why.
The Evolution of Jibo’s Design
By Team Jibo · 1 September, 2015 • Jibo's design team explored lots of forms and sizes before landing on Jibo’s final physique, one with familiarity, aesthetic longevity and appeal.
How Back to the Future Influenced Jibo’s Voice
By Steve Crowe · 18 August, 2015 • Jibo VP of Design Blade Kotelley talks about how the design team selected Jibo’s voice and how that affects human-robot interaction.
10 Most Funded Robots Ever on Indiegogo
By RT Staff · 11 August, 2015 • More robots are launching on crowdfunding websites such as Indiegogo. We compiled the 10 most successfully funded robots on Indiegogo, including drones, 3D printers, and more.
11 Principles of Animation Bring Jibo to Life
By Team Jibo · 7 August, 2015 • Jibo’s design team borrowed from the classic principles of animation to bring the family robot to life. Here's how Jibo applies those principles.

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