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Sony files for patent on household robot

Sony has applied for a patent on a robotic system that can tell the difference between dirt and a scratch. Are household robots in the company's future?

By April 14, 2014


For Sony Mobile, it's not enough to be smart

commentary New gadgets like the Xperia Z Ultra smartphone and the SmartWatch 2 harken back to the era when consumers considered Sony synonymous with innovation. Now let's see if that translates into something resembling volume sales.

By July 5, 2013


This week in Crave: The quadrillion dollar edition

This week, we joined a "Gangnam Style" flash mob, repelled water with our bodies, and voted for a video game hero for president.

By October 13, 2012


Hop suitcase follows you around like a loyal dog

Never leave your luggage unattended with a Hop suitcase, a bag that follows around at your heels wherever you go.

By October 10, 2012


Smartpet turns your iPhone into a cartoon pooch

Slap your iPhone or iPod Touch into this four-legged frame from the creator of Tamagotchi, spotted at the Tokyo Toy Show.

By June 16, 2012


Finally, an app store for robotkind

Teach your old Aibo how to guard your pad with a download from the Robot App Store.

By January 4, 2012


Bad idea: Robot seeing-eye dogs

Japan's NSK is developing a robot guide dog that can lead the visually impaired up and down stairs. At the moment, it's neither cute nor practical.

By November 18, 2011


Mystery Luna robot isn't made by Apple or Google

Ready for a big home robot? Full-size household humanoid out of California to ship for $3,000.

By May 11, 2011


Wappy robo-dog needs Tamagotchi-like love

Both a digital pet and a robot, Wappy has a personality and skills that evolve over time.

By February 22, 2011


Sony's S2 tipped to be a dual-screen Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet

With its S1 Android tablet having been outed last week, Sony is seemingly working on two other tablets: an innovative dual-screen Android slate and a Vaio-branded Windows 7 sliding tablet.

By February 22, 2011