AIBO's creator, Doi, called OPEN-R the masterpiece of the AIBO development project, arguing it would minimize the need for programming individual movements or responses, and its "open" nature would encourage a global community of robot specialists and programmers to add capability.
First and second generation models of AIBO can load different software packages sold by Sony.
When Nobuyuki Idei became president of Sony in 1995, he sought to adopt a digital agenda, reflected in the new motto he gave the company, “Digital Dream Kids,” and the prominence he gave to CSL. Toshitada Doi is credited as AIBO’s original progenitor: in 1994 he had started work on robots with artificial intelligence expert Masahiro Fujita within CSL.
Displays affixed logo sticker "Super Core" at the bottom of the body. Estimated sales for all third generation models: 40,000 to 50,000 November 2003 This AIBO is regarded as the culmination of the series. The initial ERS-110 AIBO's hardware includes a 64-bit RISC processor, 16 megabytes of RAM, sensors (touch, camera, range-finder, microphone, acceleration, angular velocity), a speaker and actuators (legs, neck, mouth, tail).
As the series developed, more sensors and actuators were added.
Aperios is Sony's Proprietary Real-Time Operating system, used in all AIBOs, QRIO and some other consumer devices.
Aperios OS was intended to be widely deployed using revolutionary real-time capabilities to handle multiple audio and visual data streams concurrently The operating system was not widely adopted, and by 2003 Sony had stopped active development with COO Kunitake Ando commenting "Aperios was an operating system of a pre-Internet age and we decided that it isn't adequate for the future".
Illume Face capable of over 60 emotional and status modes, consisting of 24 LEDs (white 12, red 4, blue 4, green 4), Ear : 2 (left & right), Head sensor : 2 (white and amber), Head (wireless LAN on/off) : 1(blue), Back sensor : 16 (white 8, red 3, blue 3, orange 2) All AIBOs are bundled with AIBOLife software giving the robot a personality, the ability to walk, "see" its environment via camera and recognize spoken commands (English and Spanish, or Japanese).
AIBO's sounds were programmed by Japanese DJ/avant-garde composer Nobukazu Takemura, fusing mechanic and organic concepts.The Explorer AIBOware allows the owner to interact with a fully mature robot able to understand (though not necessarily willing to obey) 100 voice commands.Without AIBOware, AIBOs run in "clinic mode" and can only perform basic actions.Later models of AIBOs were designed jointly with prestigious Japanese designers, and continued to gain design awards. The bodies of the "ERS-3x" series (Latte and Macaron, the round-headed AIBOs released in 2001) were designed by visual artist Katsura Moshino winning the "Good Design Award" Several prototypes have been displayed by Sony. The specifications and design of the 1998 prototype, described in a Sony press release, closely match those of the first generation AIBOs. They were available to buy via the internet and sold out in 20 minutes after launch. The ERS-111 was an improved version of the original AIBO, initially released in November 1999 as a limited edition model. The colours were black, silver, gold, red, blue, green, white. Original production design illustrator was Katsura Moshino. The Latte version is the low-end model and is cream-coloured and the Macaron version was black coloured.Differences include the use of PC-Cards for memory (rather than Memory Stick media), the use of two batteries, and the option to use a 2-wheeled "rolling module" in place of legs. All 3,000 units of the Japanese stock were bought within 17 seconds of launch. The Latte version is designed to be sweet while the Macaron version is designed to be mischievous. Headlights and LED near future-oriented design with.Wi-Fi was available as an add on for some second-generation AIBOs.