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Latest firmware allows Sony’s robot dog Aibo to ‘patrol’ through home

Sony has released a first major software update for its robot dog Aibo. From now on, the digital pet can keep up to ten people apart, map the home and ‘guard’ rooms via the new Patrol function.

The new possibilities of Aibo are strongly based on the ingrained face recognition of the robot. Via the My Aibo app, the owner can now record up to ten ‘Persons of Interest’, such as roommates and friends or relatives who often visit. When Aibo detects one of these people, the robot dog will greet him or her with a ‘new move’.

After the update, via the camera on the back, Aibo is also able to determine his position in the house and to map the entire house. The more time the robot dog spends in the home, the more detailed the maps become. After a while, the beast should know exactly where all the doors, furniture, and other obstacles are located.

Once Aibo has explored the house sufficiently, he can be sent to ‘patrol’ via the new Patrol function. However, really monitoring the home and deterring burglars are not yet in place, reports news site Cnet. The function must above all ensure that Aibo behaves more like a real dog, moving through the house on its own in search of a familiar face. In the evening the owner can use the app to request an overview of what Aibo has discovered and experienced that day.

Also new after the firmware update is that Aibo ‘feels’ when his tail is touched and that the robot dog, when he ‘rests’, takes a more natural position. The photo quality of the camera has also been improved. Currently, the digital quadruped from Sony is only for sale in Japan and America.

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