i-SODOG Canine Robot Responds Through Touch, Voice and Smartphone Commands
As a follow-up to the i-SOBOT humanoid robot, Takara Tomy is now developing a new robot – and it’s the quintessential man’s best friend. The i-SODOG is a robot dog designed with realistically-moving joints that feature specially designed servo motors. This robotic canine, while it comes with its own remote control, is also controllable via a smartphone. Takara Tomy introduced their robotic dog at the Tokyo International Toy Show just this week.
According to Robots Dreams, the i-SODOG by Takara Tomy is set to be launched in Japan in the spring of 2013. More information about the i-SODOG’s features and capabilities was published over at their website. In an interview with Takara Tomy representatives by Robots Dreams, the following inclusions for the i-SODOG are to be expected during its official market release:
- i-SODOG comes with standard motions pre-programmed into its system, including 15 custom servos.
- Custom motion routines may be added to the pre-programmed motions through the i-SOBOT style controller.
- The robot’s head and back contain touch sensors, so that you can pet it like any live dog and expect some realistic response.
- The robotic dog is expected to recognize no less than 50 different voice commands.
- Working through Bluetooth, iOS and Android smartphones may be used to control the i-SODOG.
- The i-SODOG may respond and dance to music played via your smartphone.
- Built-in basic artificial intelligence will accommodate behavioral changes over a period of time, just like any live dog.
- A capacitive touch sensor is built into the robotic dog’s nose, designed to transmit information between two i-SODOGs.
- Operating time is expected at 1 hour before requiring recharging. However, this projected operating time may be longer or shorter, depending on the robot dog’s activity.
The i-SODOG is expected to carry a price tag of 31,500 yen in Japan.