CES 2018 : Sony’s Aibo robot dog steals the show

Aibo robot dog

(iNews UK)– Sony has announced a raft of new products at the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas, including new high-end 4K TVs, soundbars and noise-cancelling wireless headphones. Chief executive Kazuo Hirai briefly showed off the company’s famous Aibo robotic dog to the assembled crowd, laughing: “It’s a little nervous.”

The robot wiggled its ears, opened its mouth and made quiet robotic yelping sounds. The original Aibo was released in 1999, and is fondly remembered as one of Sony’s most iconic products. It was discontinued in 2006 following years of falling sales, but the Japanese company confirmed it was resurrecting the robot in October last year.

LAS VEGAS, NV – JANUARY 08: The latest generation of the Sony robotic pet, Aibo, is on display during a press event for CES 2018 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center on January 8, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. CES, the world’s largest annual consumer technology trade show, runs from January 9-12 and features about 3,900 exhibitors showing off their latest products and services to more than 170,000 attendees. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

“For those of you who were lucky enough to succeed in ordering an Aibo on 1 November, you will receive the delivery very, very soon,” Hirai added. The new Aibo is due to go on sale in Japan on 11 January priced at 198,000 yen, around £1,294. There are no current plans to release it in any other countries.

New 4K HDR TV sets were on the agenda, as Hirai announced the AF8 and XF90 series for refined 4K imagery with rich, realistic colour depth and displays between 49-inches and 75-inches respectively. The XF85 and XF80 4K HDR TV series are also due to go on sale in Europe during 2018.

In tandem, a compatible HT-XF9000 soundbar and world’s first 3.1ch Dolby Atmos soundbar were revealed, designed to boost Sony Bravia TV’s audio in slim, stylish designs. Both are capable of connecting to TVs wirelessly via Bluetooth, and the premium HT-ZF9 soundbar with Dolby Atmos is also Wi-Fi-enabled.

The HT-XF9000 soundbar comes in a slim format for slipping under your TV set (Photo: Sony)

The HT-ZF9 model will cost in the region of £600 when it goes on sale in the spring, around the same time as the £400 HT-XF9000. The company also revealed the WF-SP700N splash-proof sports headphones, which it claims are the world’s first truly wireless noise-cancelling headphones combined with water-resistant properties.

The headphones, which come in four colours – black, silver, rose gold and green and will feature Google Assistant, are due to go on sale in May priced at £190.

Sony’s WF-SP700N wireless ear buds come in four colours (Photo: Sony)

It also showed off the WI-SP600N wired version, which will go on sale in June 2018 for £150, and the WI-SP500, a wired model with a larger, pill-shaped protrusion for a firmer grip: available from April for £80.

Source:: iNews UK

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