Sony’s Aibo robo dog is back – and it’s cuter than ever

November 1, 2017 by  
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Remember Sony ‘s Aibo pet robot that debuted in 1999? Well, the company just launched a new-and-improved version in Japan today – and it uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) to develop a personality over time. Sony designed the robo dog to form “an emotional bond with members of the household while providing them with love, affection and the joy of nurturing and raising a companion.” The robot can learn the layout of your house, respond to voice commands, and melt your heart with nuanced expressions. Aibo was redesigned to be as lifelike as possible. OLED eyes signal changes in expression, fisheye cameras see and recognize individual faces, and actuators allow its body to move smoothly along 22 axes. Over time, the robot learns what behaviors make its owner happy. Similar to a Roomba, the robot can avoid obstacles and accesses the most direct route between locations. Inside, there is built-in LTE and WiFi , a quad-core CPU, and sensors, motors, and gyroscopes. It takes three hours to charge the Aibo robot, and its battery lasts two hours. Pre-orders for the new bot will begin tonight through Sony’s online store in Japan . The Aibo robot costs 179,000 yen (approximately $1,739 USD) and shipments are expected to begin on January 11, 2018. Related: VIDEO: Sony’s new LED light bulb has another very unusual capability The Aibo robot is connected to the cloud, so customers are encouraged to purchase an Aibo Basic Plan that backs up the robot’s unique identity and allows them to access their robot via WiFi or a mobile connection. The plan costs approximately $27 per month; alternatively, a 3-year subscription can be purchased for 90,000 yen ($790 USD). This subscription pairs with the My Aibo app, which manages settings, provides access to photos and allows you to play with a virtual version of the dog. Expect other versions of the Aibo robot in the future. Previously, Sony said that it is “steadily advancing multiple other initiatives in the AI and Robotics field.” + Sony Via Engadget Images via Sony

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Balise is an adaptable nomadic shelter that helps the homeless get back on their feet

February 24, 2016 by  
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Martial Marquet and Judith Angel have designed Balise , a nomadic homeless shelter that can adapt to a variety of environments while providing all the necessary comforts of home. Developed for a competition that tackles homelessness launched by PEROU, the Balise design concept comprises two pop-up housing types—Solo and Duo—that include a bed, table, storage, and bathroom. The shelters can be used autonomously or joined together with other structures to create a temporary community. + Martial Marquet The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!

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Telluride Gondolas Will Be Powered by Solar Panels While Providing Carbon Offsets

August 18, 2011 by  
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The world’s coolest commute is about to get even cooler, and greener . That’s because the Colorado-based Green Gondola Campaign is aiming to turn the gondola that connects Telluride with neighboring Mountain Village into a solar-powered facility. The initiative is also re-defining carbon offsetting in the process into a reliable, accurate and transparent system. Read the rest of Telluride Gondolas Will Be Powered by Solar Panels While Providing Carbon Offsets Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: carbon offset , electric gondola , green cable cars , green gondola campaign , green mountain village telluride , green tourism , green transportation , solar powered gondola , telluride gondola

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Oasis Tower is a Spiraling Vertical Farm for Dubai

March 1, 2010 by  
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Dubai is quickly emerging from the desert sands and more people are moving into the famed city. With limited land available for agriculture already, Dubai may soon be in need of an alternative solution for growing food for its residents. One solution could be this Oasis Tower vertical farm designed by Rahul Surin

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Eco Architecture: Kö-Bogen mixed-use development to get crowned with a green roof

November 2, 2009 by  
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Eco Factor: Sustainable mixed-use development with a green roof. Daniel Libeskind has unveiled a stunning design for Kö-Bogen, a mixed-use development for downtown Düsseldorf, Germany.

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