Feb 11, 2015

Sony AIBO - Robot Dog - First / Basic / Original Patent / Invention - Invented By Fujita Masahiro & Team

Sony's AIBO doesn't need an introduction. However, for the ones who don't know, AIBO (Artificial Intelligence Robot) is a series of robotic pets designed and manufactured by Sony.



A quick search for the earliest patents covering the robotic pet dog results in following filings from 1997, just before the announcement of a prototype by Sony (1998).

US5929585A, titled 'Robot system and its control method'

Inventors:
  1. FUJITA MASAHIRO

JP11-126017, titled 'STORAGE MEDIUM, ROBOT, INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE AND ELECTRONIC PET SYSTEM'

Inventors:
  1. YOKOO NAOHIRO
  2. KATO YASUHIKO
  3. HATTORI MASAKAZU
  4. FUJITA MASAHIRO
  5. KITANO HIROAKI

JP11-188678, titled 'ROBOT DEVICE

Inventors:
  1. FUJITA MASAHIRO
  2. OYAMA KAZUFUMI
These can be considered as the earliest patent filings on the concept, and, hence, the basic / foundation patents for AIBO pet dog from Sony.


Hats off, Fujita Masahiro and team. You guys rock!