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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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Podcast: The Art of Human-Robot Conversation
By Steve Crowe · 10 June, 2016 • The Robotics Trends Show examines the keys to a flexible voice platform for robots and how to make conversations with robots seem as natural as possible.
Pepper Working as a Pizza Hut Cashier
By Steve Crowe · 24 May, 2016 • Pepper humanoid robots will soon be working as cashiers at Pizza Hut restaurants in Asia. And thanks to a partnership with MasterCard, Pepper will be able to process payments and make recommendations based off ordering habits.
Jibo SDK Beta Version Available to Developers
By Steve Crowe · 23 May, 2016 • Developers now have access to the beta version of the Jibo SDK, allowing them to build Jibo skills using JavaScript. Skills built by developers will be put through a certification process and will be accessible in the Jibo Skill Store, which the company says will launch later in 2016.
Podcast: Amazon Echo vs. Google Home in Battle of Virtual Assistants
By Steve Crowe · 20 May, 2016 • The battle of the virtual assistants is on! Will Amazon Echo or Google Home come out on top? How will Apple respond? We debate on The Robotics Trends Show.
Pepper Robot’s US Debut Planned for 2016
By Steve Crowe · 18 May, 2016 • Pepper, the humanoid robot from Softbank, is expected to debut in the United States in 2016, focusing initially on businesses and not consumers.
Jibo to Re-create Classic Video Games
By Steve Crowe · 12 May, 2016 • Jibo has partnered with Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe to create a new gaming experience for the social robot. The first game being built for Jibo will be a reincarnation of Pac-Man called "Rescue PAC-MAN!"
Podcast: Teaching Kids About Human-Robot Interaction
By Steve Crowe · 6 May, 2016 • Dr. Charles Fritz teaches a high school class about human-robot interaction. Dr. Fritz joined The Robotics Trends Show to discuss the keys to human-robot interaction and some of the parameters his students created for how humans and robots can co-exist.
5 Promising Robots for Kids with Autism
By Steve Crowe · 3 May, 2016 • Robots are helping autistic children in ways humans can't. Here are five social robots helping autistic children become more independent by improving their motor and social skills.
Leka Robot for Special Needs Kids Launches on Indiegogo
By Steve Crowe · 3 May, 2016 • The Leka social robot is designed for children with autism, Down's syndrome, or multiple disabilities. Leka provides sensory stimulation to help special needs children become more independent and improve their motor and social skills.
An Open Letter to Jibo
By Steve Crowe · 29 April, 2016 • Will Jibo ever make its way to homes around the world? While this early adopter wrote an open letter expressing his frustrations, he's still holding out hope.
Jibo Delayed Until October 2016 Timeframe
By Steve Crowe · 29 April, 2016 • Jibo has been delayed again until the October 2016 timeframe. The social robot's hardware and system software is mature and reaching its final state, but it needs more time for practicing its skills and getting better at talking with users.
Can Pepper Solve Japan’s Repeat Offender Crisis?
By Steve Crowe · 26 April, 2016 • A Tokyo half-way house will use Pepper humanoid robots to mentor ex-cons in hopes of preventing them from committing future crimes.
Watch Jibo Control Philips Hue Smart Lights
By Steve Crowe · 22 April, 2016 • A new Jibo skill allows the social robot to work with the Philips Hue API to control lighting with the home.
Jibo Tests Sound Localization
By Steve Crowe · 19 April, 2016 • Jibo creator Cynthia Breazeal demonstrates sound localization that allows the social robot to recognize where a sound is coming from and turn towards that sound.
Watch Jibo Order a Pizza
By Steve Crowe · 24 March, 2016 • Jibo orders a pizza and even reminds the user that her son is allergic to one of the toppings. The social robot's pizza-ordering application was built by an internal developer using the Jibo SDK.

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