Sony has announced the launch of a recovery program for the Aibo ERS-1000 robot dogs, where it hopes to give them a second life once their users discard them and to use them in the centers of medicine and institutions.
The company announced these robots in November 2017, saying that they can “create an emotional bond with family members while also giving them the love, affection, and joy of caring for and raising one you partner.”
These dogs, which resemble a flawless Dalmatian puppy, show smooth movements thanks to the integration of a total of 22 axes, have sensors that respond to sound and touch and can express the emotion thanks to two OLED lights placed in the eyes.
This robot, which requires the My Aibo application to use, uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) to learn from its owners’ interactions and develop “a unique personality over time,” according to as shown by the Japanese manufacturer at the time.
So some of the users who bought these tools at the time use them as an emotional support device for people with special needs, because they are able to imitate realistic behavior.
Sony has now launched an initiative in which it intends to give a second life to these devices and which is called ‘Aibo Adoptive Parents Program’, created so that these robots can be referred to medical centers and other health organizations. stop using them.
The company acknowledges that, in joint research with medical institutions, it has been discovered that “the interaction with Aibo can have a positive effect on patients, their families and staff”, which is why it intends to make the robot more sustainable .
Specifically, Sony wants users who refuse to use robots to renew the Aibo AI Cloud plan – which ensures firmware updates for the robot and maintains the connection between it and the My Aibo app. .
Currently, the first recruitment of Aibo robots in good condition is expected to begin in December 2023 and it is announced that these specimens will be given an exclusive collar that distinguishes them as adopted. Those who do not meet the necessary conditions can be used to create a new Aibo.