Sony Isnt Just Toying Around

 
 
By Peter Coffee  |  Posted 2000-12-18 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

In Douglas Adams' "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," hapless earthlings learn that laboratory mice have been experimenting on humans while deceiving them into believing the reverse.

In Douglas Adams "The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy," hapless earthlings learn that laboratory mice have been experimenting on humans while deceiving them into believing the reverse. A similar agenda lies behind Sonys seemingly playful Aibo, the robot dog whose name comes from a Japanese word for "companion."

With its learning abilities, its plug-and-play personality swapping via Memory Stick removable media, its built-in camera and its wireless capabilities, the Aibo product line is a vehicle for Sony to test ideas for future mobile systems that interact naturally with users. For example, such systems might respond to complex voice commands such as "Send an e-mail to my staff rescheduling our meeting for 4 p.m. today" or "Take a picture of this and send it to the art department for the advertising layout."

 
 
 
 
Peter Coffee is Director of Platform Research at salesforce.com, where he serves as a liaison with the developer community to define the opportunity and clarify developers' technical requirements on the company's evolving Apex Platform. Peter previously spent 18 years with eWEEK (formerly PC Week), the national news magazine of enterprise technology practice, where he reviewed software development tools and methods and wrote regular columns on emerging technologies and professional community issues.Before he began writing full-time in 1989, Peter spent eleven years in technical and management positions at Exxon and The Aerospace Corporation, including management of the latter company's first desktop computing planning team and applied research in applications of artificial intelligence techniques. He holds an engineering degree from MIT and an MBA from Pepperdine University, he has held teaching appointments in computer science, business analytics and information systems management at Pepperdine, UCLA, and Chapman College.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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