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Robot Dog 'Aibo' Honored

Curators at Japan's National Science Museum have honored an unusual pet that has won fans all over the world. They've added the first artificially intelligent robot dog to a list of inventions that changed the way people live.

The museum's curators recognized 25 innovations, including Sony's iconic toy dog, Aibo. They included them on a register called Essential Historical Materials for Science and Technology.

Sony introduced the product line in 1999 and discontinued it in 2006. The firm's engineers developed technology that allows the dog's personality and actions to reflect the behavior of its owner.

Many people came to think of their Aibo as a real canine companion. The curators also added to the list a series of microcomputers designed for home use in the 1980s. The 8-bit machines produced by Sharp, NEC and Hitachi attracted many enthusiastic supporters.

The list now features 209 technologies and products.

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