Continued from Assembly of 'Aibo' Robot Dog (7)

The touch sensors of the face and the OLED modules of the eyes. The touch sensor is a capacitive type, and the OLED panel is a general-use product with a pixel count of 128 x 128. Sony considered using LCD panels, etc to reduce costs at first. But, after repeatedly prototyping eyes using the lens and comparing them, all of the project members agreed to employ an OLED panel, which has the highest expressive power.

The module for the aibo's nose and mouth. The camera (upper) to be embedded in the nose has a super-wide-angle lens similar to a fisheye lens and takes round images. The ToF sensor (lower) was developed by Sony and can perform three-dimensional measurement. The sensor is located in the upper lip of the aibo.

The jaw attached to the neck. It constitutes the lower half of the aibo's head. The ear module is attached to it first.

The right ear being attached

Screws are being used for fixing the ears.

A cable from the ear's single-axis actuator is being connected to the driver board (located under the board seen in the picture) of the neck.

The connector of the ear's actuator has been connected. There is an assembly procedure for neatly housing cables.

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Original Japanese article