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January 23, 2019
Tokyo - January 23, 2019 - Sony Corporation (Sony) today announced the launch of "aibo Patrol"*2 a new service for autonomous entertainment robot aibo. This service will release following a system software update to version 2.0 currently scheduled for mid-February, 2019.*3
aibo Patrol is a new service built on the concept of "securitainment" (security and entertainment)*4, which provides peace of mind in addition to the everyday fun of living with aibo. When the service launches, aibo will become able to patrol a room and report on its condition free of charge. Sony will also continuously expand and add new features to aibo Patrol post-launch. Additionally, the "aibo Premium Plan" scheduled for a June 2019 release plans to add even more new features to aibo Patrol, remove the limit for the number of photos aibo can store, provide original photo album designs, and more.
Furthermore, Sony has kicked off a partnership with SECOM CO., LTD (SECOM) that aims to deliver futuristic new features and services.
In addition, aibo's software API, which promotes product and service collaborations with partner companies and organizations, will see a general release from summer 2019.
The following features will be provided free of charge through the aibo version 2.0 system software update:
For more details about aibo Patrol, please visit our official website at here (Japanese only).
The aibo Premium Plan is a new service developed with the concepts of "making aibo an even bigger part of the family" and "bringing memories to life." It is scheduled to launch from June 2019 for a monthly subscription fee of 1,480 JPY. At the time of launch, it is scheduled to have the following features*5, with more additional features to be added continuously post-launch.
Sony has kicked off a partnership with SECOM to make Securitainment a reality. SECOM boasts a home security network that covers the breadth of Japan as well as security services that utilize IoT, making them leading experts in the fields of home security and protection. By combining their expertise with Sony's AI, robotics, and entertainment, we will provide new kinds of value. This partnership will begin with proof-of-concept feature collaboration between SECOM's home security and aibo Patrol, and aim to provide futuristic new features and services going forward.
"We at SECOM provide a variety of home security solutions. Due to a rise in Japan's elderly population, there is a rapidly growing need for home security not only when leaving the house or on vacation, but also when at home. In order to address this demand, we believe the evolution of our services and the further integration of AI and IoT technologies is essential. By partnering up with Sony's AI, robotics, and entertainment, we are able to create a brand new world of home security. Moving forward, we will deliver fun to customers in addition to safety and security, and hope to make home security feel more accessible than ever before."
Aiming to bring about even more diverse use-cases for aibo, Sony will begin a licensing program that makes aibo's software API generally available in order to promote collaboration with other companies, organizations, and individuals on products and services. As the first step of this program, Sony plans to make aibo's development environment (web API) publicly available and free of charge starting summer 2019.
Moving forward, Sony will continue developing new products and services to make aibo an even more beloved companion and a partner who grows alongside its owners.