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 aÂ ping, but Jibo will actually talk to you. â€śExcuse me, Ann,â€ť Jibo says in a demo video. Then heÂ 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, Jiboâ€™s face turns to the person whoâ€™s talking, making conversation feel like itâ€™sÂ happening in-person.Â JiboÂ also takes pictures and has a readingÂ app, so you can upload books to Jiboâ€™s library and heâ€™ll do an interactive reading with cartoon images of characters and events and character-appropriate voices.
Jibo is a Cynthia Breazeal project. BreazealÂ directs the Personal Robots group at MITâ€™s Media Lab and developed the emotional robot Kismet. Sheâ€™s worked on humanoids and other robots, but her real interests lay inÂ robots that can communicate like we do, and sheâ€™s brought together a pretty amazing team to bring her vision to life.