Sony’s Xperia Hello robotic assistant is coming to your home – if you like

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Sony’s new robot Xperia Hello will be shipped on November, 18th. Unfortunately only in Japan so far.

The Xperia robot runs Android and responds to voice, gestures, and facial expressions. It can take photos, make Skype video calls, check the status of family members both inside and outside the house, provide reminders, and alert you of news, weather changes, and road traffic.

Hello’s price tag is around $1,300; which is not really cheap.

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Sony’s Aibo robot dog is back, gives us OLED puppy dog eyes
You can adopt Sony’s newest robo dog today for $1,700 down and a mandatory monthly fee.

Weird Sony is back, and it recently announced a new version of the Sony Aibo, everyone’s favorite robotic toy dog! Sony has been out of the plastic pooch business for about 11 years, and the 2017 version is well-equipped for the smartphone era with LTE and an app. Sadly, like seemingly every Aibo ever, the pup is only for sale in Sony’s hometown of Japan, but we can still love it from afar.

The Aibo tries to replicate a real dog and doesn’t do much else. The new version has 22 axes of motion. The legs let it walk, shake hands, sit, play with a ball, scratch a digital itch, and do “hundreds” of other dog things. The tail wags, the ears move, the mouth opens, and the head turns and tilts, making it seem rather expressive in the videos.

Aibo is equipped with a “64-bit quad-core CPU,” touch sensors on the head, chin, and back for pet detection, a speaker for making dog noises, and four microphones for voice commands. Aibo has a pair of OLED puppy dog eyes, which it uses to blink and wink, but it actually “sees” via a nose camera and a SLAM (simultaneous localization and mapping) setup in the mouth.

Just like a real dog, owning the Aibo is pretty expensive. Adopting a purebred Aibo costs 179,000 yen (about $1,739 US) through Sony’s online store. And while you get to skip out on the daily kibble bill, you’ll apparently still need to feed your pup a steady diet of megabytes. Buying an Aibo commits you to paying for three years of an “Aibo basic plan” for about $26.15 a month (there’s also a “lump sum payment” option for about $789.75). This fee goes toward LTE access for the pup and access to Sony’s cloud infrastructure. The monthly fee is not only mandatory, but, if you don’t pay for the full three years, you’ll be subject to a cancellation fee of $86 plus $4.39 for each remaining month left in the contract.

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