Technology Developers can now program the actions of Sony's robot dog Aibo

18:16  18 november  2019
18:16  18 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Thanks to a new web-based API, developers can now teach Sony ’ s Aibo robot dog new tricks. Sony just released software update 2.50 for the ERS1000 Aibo Both allow Aibo owners to program new actions . However, and we’re not sure why Sony wouldn’t allow for this, users can’t change Aibo ’s

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Aibo, the robotic dog by Sony, recently received a software update that lets developers customize the pup's actions.

a white teddy bear sitting on top of a stuffed toy: Aibo owners can now program the robot dog to do new tricks.© Sony Announces Limited First Litter Edition Release of aibo in U.S. Aibo owners can now program the robot dog to do new tricks.

For years, Sony has been developing robot dogs that have the capacity to emulate the behavior of real pups. Last year, the sixth generation of Aibo went on sale in the US complete not only with pooch mannerisms, but also with AI and cloud-connected technology.

Since this launch, Aibo has become as much of a house watchdog as a companion thanks to software updates that take advantage of the device's cameras and sensors to send owners live reports of their house while they're away. Most recently, the robot dog received an update that allows developers to program Aibo to perform specific actions like eating a virtual cookie.

Version 2.50 of the ERS1000 model comes with a web-based API which gives owners access to the "Aibo Developer Program" and "Aibo Visual Programming" tools. While developers ranging from beginner to advanced can program Aibo to make original movements and tricks, "they cannot change the emotion, character or mood of Aibo through programming."

Sony hopes that such tools can be cooperative in the future so that they can be shared between users.

PiBo is a robotic companion for single people .
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