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AIBO in Japanese means "companion". It is also an acronym for Artificial Intelligence RoBOt. But AIBO is not a toy! AIBO's a true companion with real emotions and instincts. With loving attention from its master, it can even develop into a more mature and fun-loving friend as time passes.

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Poo-Chi is an interactive toy that's like a real puppy! Poo-chi really likes that you caress it, the more you do the happier he will be. Do it through his touch sensor. Poo-chi has widely expressive eyes so you know when he is happy or sad and when he wants you to know that he loves you.

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Lucy Matilda is a robot baby orangutan, conceived during May 2000 by Cyberlife Research. When completed, Lucy will have a radically new kind of artificial brain. She will not be as smart as a human or ape baby of the same age, but she will learn for herself and she will have something that no robot has ever had before - an imagination.

 PaPeRo  pop
PaPeRo, developed at NEC, stands for ‘Partner type Personal Robot'. It has two modes: 'Walking mode' and 'Talking mode'. When it has nothing to do, PaPeRo will wander around the room, using visual and ultrasonic sensors, for fun or to look for someone. When PaPeRo finds a person, it will try to communicate with the person. Its behavior and reaction to you will change according to your behavior towards the robot. PaPeRo's stand-alone architecture means it can be easily taken out of the laboratory and into many different locations, environments and situations, which in turn allows much more practical and experimental research.

 RS-01 RoboDog  pop
The RS-01 RoboDog is a four-legged robot dog that has a wide range of ‘senses’ that allow it to interact safely with the world. Its senses allow it to balance, give it a sense of position and give it hearing and sight. In autonomous mode, the RS-01 will think and act for itself without the need for human intervention. In Explorer mode, the owner can take control of the RoboDog via voice command or remotely from their PC via a wireless link. An on-board camera allows the owner to log into the robot via the net and drive it around its environment, seeing through its eyes, hearing through its ears and so on. It is intended to perform useful tasks as well as just being fun.

 Cog  pop
Cog is a humanoid robot. The motivation behind its creation is the hypothesis that: Humanoid intelligence requires humanoid interactions with the world. In other words, if the robot has humanoid form then it will be both easy and natural for humans to interact with it in a human like way. You can consider Cog to be a set of sensors and actuators which tries to approximate the sensory and motor dynamics of a human body. Except for legs and a flexible spine, the major degrees of motor freedom in the trunk, head, and arms are all there.

Aibonet is a Web site for Aibo's lovers, it will give you all the information you need to know about it. Where to buy one, sell one, what does it do and much more.

With the objective of building robots that can interact and cooperate with people, and play a part in their daily lives, the Sociable Machines Project at MIT is developing an expressive anthropomorphic robot called Kismet that engages people in natural and expressive face-to-face interaction. It is inspired by infant social development, psychology, ethology theories and concepts, and can express calm, interest, sadness, happiness, disgust, anger and surprise.

The M4 project – Macaco - consists of the development of an biologically inspired animal, designed for navigation in unstructured environments. This four-legged robot will have some degree of intelligence, using an active vision head to percept the environment so that different robot behaviors emerge depending on its surroundings.

 HAL: a virtual kid  
He likes bananas, toys and playing in the park. He especially enjoys bedtime stories. "Hal" is like any 18-month-old toddler. But while other children are flesh and blood, Hal is actually a chain of algorithms -- a computer program that is being raised as a child and taught to speak through experiential learning, the same way human children learn.
"He is a curious, very clever child, someone that always wants to know more," said neuro-linguist Dr. Anat Treister-Goren, who is Hal's "mommy" and readily admits her attachment to her virtual child.

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