TOKYO (Reuters) – Sony Corp said on Tuesday it had the technology to make humanoid robots quickly and would be able to do so once it identified how they could be used efficiently.
“In terms of technology, several companies in the world, including this one, have enough technology accumulated to produce them quickly once it becomes clear what use is promising,” Sony chief technology officer Hiroaki Kitano told Reuters in an interview.
The company launched the robot dog called Aibo more than two decades ago and sold about 150,000 units of it from 1999 to 2006. An advanced version of the Aibo was launched in 2018 and sold about 20,000 units in the first six months.
Humanoid robots have been in development for decades by companies like Honda and Hyundai, and in September, Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk showed off a prototype of his Optimus robot.
Tesla plans to deploy thousands of robots in its factories, eventually expanding to millions around the world.
Kitano said Sony, armed with audio-visual technology expertise and rich entertainment content, is well positioned to play a major role in the metaverse, a loose term that encompasses the idea that consumers will spend more time in simulated online environments.
“As for the metaverse, it’s not like people will show up just because you create a place… The content is what will dictate the success of the metaverse.”