A home robot for the price of a tablet
Geege Schuman stashed this in Bots
The target price is $500.
For the price of a tablet, Jibo will be your personal secretary. Once linked to your various email and phone accounts, Jibo can relay texts and phone calls to you.
Sure there are a variety of apps that will alert you with a¬†ping, but Jibo will actually talk to you. ‚ÄúExcuse me, Ann,‚ÄĚ Jibo says in a demo video. Then he¬†waits for Ann to respond before delivering a reminder that a friend is coming to pick her up in half an hour.
As you can see in the video, Jibo also provides next-level video chatting. Equipped with touch and audio sensors, Jibo‚Äôs face turns to the person who‚Äôs talking, making conversation feel like it‚Äôs¬†happening in-person.¬†Jibo¬†also takes pictures and has a reading¬†app, so you can upload books to Jibo‚Äôs library and he‚Äôll do an interactive reading with cartoon images of characters and events and character-appropriate voices.
Jibo is a Cynthia Breazeal project. Breazeal¬†directs the Personal Robots group at MIT‚Äôs Media Lab and developed the emotional robot Kismet. She‚Äôs worked on humanoids and other robots, but her real interests lay in¬†robots that can communicate like we do, and she‚Äôs brought together a pretty amazing team to bring her vision to life.