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Sony's robo-dog is getting a 2017 reboot

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Man's best friend is getting an expensive new look. Sony released its new version of the Aibo, a robotic dog. If the name sounds familiar, it should. Sony first released the robo-pooch in 1999. The last one was made in 2006.

This new version, of course, comes with a few upgrades. Just like its predecessor, the 2017 Aibo responds to voice commands, barks, sits and wags its tail like a real dog. The latest version not only got a more lovable makeover, but it's equipped with a powerful new computer chip, and has the ability to connect to mobile networks.

Sony says this Aibo will have more intelligence than its older model and will play with its owner without being told to do so. For example, if you walk into your home after work, the new Aibo could run to greet you at the door. Sony even says it can form an emotional bond with members of the household. It even matures and adapts to its environment over time.

Don't start wagging your tail in excitement yet. This dog hasn't even hit the market yet. Sony just started taking pre-orders in Japan, and to get your hands on one, you'll have to fork over more than $1700.

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The new dog is expected to go on sale in January.

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