Sony’s infamous robot dog companion, the AIBO, recently got a software update that will allow the dog to understand Spanish, in addition to many other new features.
The new software, AIBO MIND 3, helps the metal puppy say more than 1,000 English words to communicate with its owner. It now also has the ability for short term memory mapping and news reads through a version of web syndication– RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds.
The new software allows for increased pet-like actions and motions for a more natural body language. The mapping feature enables AIBO’s short term memory to track the locations of its Energy Station, faces, walls, and its favorite place or toys much faster. The entertainment robot can automatically detect the beat of the music and dance along, even to the owner’s favorite song.
The new software comes bundled with any of the new ERS-7M3 and current AIBO owners, upgrade kits can be purchased for previous ERS-7 models. The new models will sell for around $2,000 and the upgrade will cost $100.