Aperios Operating System

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Aperios inside of AIBO ERS-7, (c) SonyThe proprietary real time operating system Aperios was developed by Sony for entertainment robots like the autonomous dog Aibo (Artificial Intelligence Robot). The development time lasted for about 5 years, the first model hit the market in 1999. The Aibo robot is equipped with a MIPS of 64-bits RISC processor (100 MHz) and 8 MByte DRAM main memory. The color video camera with a resolution of 180,000 pixels as well as the audio input and output interfaces make an orientation possible. Altogether 18 engines control the movability of the new mechanical domestic animal for the entertainment market. A battery provides electrical power for 90 minutes, till now he still can not charge itself. The hardware is built up on the Open-R architecture and the operating system reacts to the signals of the sensors in real time.

Originally Aperios was used for TV set top boxes like the Plus Media Station in Japan which offered the user interactive services like Internet, video On-Demand games. Aperios is optimized for high transfer rates of audio and video streams.

The AIBO ERS-7 came for approx. 2,000 onto the market in the year 2003 and has a 64-bit RISC processor (MIPS R7000) with 576 mhz and 64 mbyte SDRAM as well as a W-LAN device for a wireless Internet connection. The integrated digital camera has CMOS sensors with a resolution of 350,000 pixels. Like the first model it had a temperature sensor, infrared sensor, acceleration sensor, pressure sensor and vibration sensor. The electrostatic sensor for increased interactivity of the robot was added newly.

The production of the AIBO models was discontinued in March 2006.



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