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.
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