Tiny Robot Dog Obeys Voice Commands
A Japanese robot dog can obey smartphone or even voice commands.
CREDIT: Takara Tomy
Trained dogs can learn to sit, shake hands or dance on command, but a Japanese robot dog can do it all immediately out of the box.
Takara Tomy's small i-SODOG can obey humans in three ways — though a special remote control, a smartphone app, and even voice commands. The robot has sensors in its head and back as well as a microphone to help recognize about 50 spoken Japanese words, according to DigInfo News.
The robot doesn't serve any special purpose aside from entertainment, but it appears ready to do that part well. Owners can play games in their smartphone's i-SODOG app and convert any points into virtual food for their robo-dog. The robot dog can also dance in time to music.
i-SODOG can even adapt to its human owners' behaviors, according to Engadget. But any charmed U.S. buyers may be out of luck for now, because the $400 robot is only scheduled for release in Japan. [7 Futuristic Asian Gadgets You Can't Get in the United States]