Hajime Sorayama, Sony Corporation, company design Aibo entertainment robot (ERS-110) 1999

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The Japanese word aibo, which means "pal," is also an acronym of sorts for Artificial Intelligence Robot, an electronic pet released by Sony in 1999. This robot has the ability to react to its environment and learn: it is trainable, responds to touch, and is programmed to simulate the behavior of a living animal (sit, stay, come) and perform certain tasks, such as appointment reminders and e-mail notification.

Gallery label from Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900–2000, July 29–November 5, 2012
Sony Corporation, Creative Center
Various materials
10 1/2 x 6 x 16 1/4" (26.7 x 15.2 x 41.3 cm)
Gift of the manufacturer
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Architecture and Design