There's a new dog in town... And it's a new Sony Aibo.This is a totally updated version of the original Aibo we saw at CES 2009. Sony is definitely not marketing Aibo as a toy. To show what their thinking is, here's some info from their Aibo website: Aibo is a one-of-a-kind autonomous companion robot designed to bring fun and joy to your household. Owners can form a friendship as they raise aibo and watch as it develops its own unique personality through everyday interactions.
Leo just got a Chevy Volt and it takes forever to charge on the 110 volt connector. Sam says you can use the 220 volt NIMA 1450 dryer recepticle and it'll charge a lot faster. Sam also says Leo needs to get a 240 volt wall charger and they cost about $450. You'll also need a level 2 adapter. Seimens makes one, but there are several brands available.
Leo did not go to CES this year, and he's glad he didn't because it's filling up with insignificant junky stuff that looks like people desperate to find something interesting. There was a Gameboy Nintendo remade by a Chinese company called "HyperKin." Samsung did not announce the Galaxy S9, but said it'll probably be announced in March. There were some leaks about the S9 that make it sound like it's mostly the same as the S8, but it'll have a new camera that will do dual apertures with a single lens. Samsung did announce a Bluetooth speaker that aims at your ears without headphones.
Dickie D went to the New York Toy Fair and came across WowWee's MiP robot. It's like a droid meets a segway. Equipped with GestureSense technology, you can use hand motion controls to control MiP. You can also program it to do up to 100 movements in a row. They have a built in speaker and a built in microphone. They can dance to music that’s on your smartphone, which will play right on the MiP, or MiP can dance to external music and follow the beat heard through its internal mic.
Doctor Mom is excited that Maker Faireis this coming weekend. MIT is going to be there with a speech on how to get into MIT building robots. They're also going to be teaching kids how to build quadcopters, and they're going to try and set a world record for the world's largest Paella dish! Leo says it's great for kids to go to and learn how to build stuff.