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Sony Corp. started accepting advance orders Thursday in Japan for its new artificial intelligence-equipped Aibo robot dog, making it possible for every would-be buyer to own the electric pet amid greater-than-expected demand.

In January when Sony released an upgraded version of AIBO — its predecessor debuted in 1999 and was discontinued in 2006 — sales of the new model were limited by production capacity and consumers could only obtain one on a first-come-first-served basis or by lottery.

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