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Sony jumps back into robotics after 12-year hiatus

Company reassembling former Aibo team to focus initial efforts on home-use device

Sony's headquarters in Tokyo

TOKYO -- Twelve years after abandoning its robot business, Sony will relaunch it next spring with a robot for homes that resembles a dog.

The company is now forming a development team of people formerly involved with Aibo, a robotic pet dog that captured media attention years ago.

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