Ann Gabriel | GoGaGaH

Sony recently announced their plans to develop an ’emo-bot’, (robots with emotions) a bot that can form an emotional bond with their owners.

Kazuo Hirai, Sony’s chief executive didn’t reveal much details about the robots, but said that they are in the stage wherein new business models are in the works to integrate hardware and services to provide emotionally compelling experiences.

Sony plans to re-enter the consumer robotics arena after competition in the Asian markets forced them to undergo cost cutting in 2006. Sony’s launch of Aibo, a canine-modelled artificial intelligence robot led to the popularity of consumer robot development. After nearly ten years, other tech companies are now attempting to improve robot and human interaction to whole new level.

Competitors, SoftBank, a Japanese telecoms company and Boston Dynamics unveiled their own creations with Pepper, a companion robot, and theSpotMini, a robot with a sense of humour.

Virtual Reality will not be far behind in Sony’s goals as the the PlayStation VR system is set to launch in October. Sony believes that they are in the best position to take advantage of the technology in areas like entertainment and digital imaging as well as gaming.