• Japan


Inc. on Thursday unveiled a new version of the robot dog Aibo that is better at recognizing images and moving around.

The Aibo ERS-7 will sell for 185,000 yen. Orders will be accepted from Sept. 27 and shipments are scheduled for early November, the marketing unit of Sony Corp. said.

Aibo, which means companion in Japanese and is an acronym for artificial intelligence robot, was the first autonomous entertainment robot marketed in Japan.

The new Aibo’s face has 28 light-emitting diodes (LED) in white, red, blue and green to represent emotions and a high-performance speaker capable of producing realistic sounds, according to Sony Marketing.