design: hardware and software solutions
The Sony Entertainment Robot (ERS-110) or the Aibo
(pronounced 'eye - bo') uses a combination of robotic and
media technologies with machine intelligence. Packaged in
the form of a dog, it generates interaction with its operator.
An examination of the Aibo hardware and software reveals
how an inanimate object becomes a life-like companion. The
Sony product name 'Aibo' stands for artificial intelligence
robot. In Japanese aibou means pal or buddy.
Visit this site to get a personal perspective on what it's
like to own an Aibo (please note this now links to a web archive of the site)
Aibo is not just the result of extensive research; it also
reflects the human fascination with creating life. The origin
of a product like the Aibo is linked to the myths and legends
of inanimate objects coming to life and the many and varied
technologies that have allowed this to happen. These stories
and developments have helped bring the Aibo to market.
Case studies developed by the Professional Support and Curriculum Directorate and supported by the Multicultural Programs Unit of the NSW Department of Education and Training in partnership with the Powerhouse Museum