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Sony's aibo robot is back, ready to learn new tricks

The AI-equipped dog will return your love -- for $1,740 (plus tax)

Sony 's new robotic dog, aibo, appears at a news conference in Tokyo on Nov. 1. (Photo by Keiichiro Sato)

TOKYO -- Sony said Wednesday it will roll out a new robot dog on Jan. 11, 2018, the year of the dog, that will be packed with the latest robotic technologies, including sensors to help it recognize its environment, and artificial intelligence to help it "think," plus the mechanics to act on its thoughts.

Sony said the new robot will be able to respond to human calls and will be a loving companion to families. The robot will grow more intelligent over time by collecting, learning from and storing information from its owners. It will have a price tag of 198,000 yen ($1,740) plus tax. Sony has not disclosed a sales target.

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