The AIBO ERS-7 is an entertainment robot created for the commercial market. Initially released in 2003, it was the first AIBO installment to be explicitly referred to as a dog and saw adoption in both research and popular culture. It was the last robot developed before the dissolution of Sony's robotics division in 2006 and the eventual release of the ERS-1000 in 2018. This series was intended to be the culmination of the product's development to that point. The robot was designed to evoke the theme of 'clean and clear' and implemented an array of LEDs called 'Illume-face', as well as capacitive touch sensors, for the expression of emotion and numeric information.
The ERS-7 and its successive iterations were the third and final generation of AIBO robots to be released before the brand's discontinuation. It has multiple head and body sensors, clicking ear actuators, a chest-mounted proximity sensor, expressive "Illume-Face" and Wi-Fi connectivity.
The ERS-7 underwent multiple revisions, beginning with the ERS-7M2 in 2004 and followed by the ERS-7M3 in 2005. Every release added an additional available color to the product catalogue and shipped with an updated version of the 'MIND' software. It was widely utilized in academic research. Notably, the platform was the robot selected for the RoboCup Standard Platform League from 2004 to 2008. Some research topics included wireless control and simulation, autonomous learning, and visual processing.
Estimated sales for all Aibo ERS-7 models: 40,000 to 50,000
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