Robotics has surely advanced a lot and here’s the latest addition to the family of robotics; the Jibo. The Jibo is a family robot that is capable of doing plethora of tasks; reading to your children, taking pictures and even telling you when you are running late. It has been developed by a robotics expert, Cynthia Breazeal, at MIT and will be on sale some time this year with a price tag of $499.
It is being claimed that this robot will be able to pick up your likes and dislikes over time and shall work to keep the family happy by making use of this knowledge that it will collect over time. The firm, Personal Robots Group at the MIT Media Lab, behind the robot says; ‘He will be many things for people – most importantly, an interactive companion that knows you and brings intelligence, helpfulness and personality to experiences for every member of your household’
The robot is 11” tall and weighs about 6 pounds while being capable of moving a head that contains screens, microphones and video cameras. The robot connects to computer via Wi-Fi and is capable of recognizing family members.
The creator behind this robot said; ‘We’ve achieved greatness in the computing and social media revolutions. The next wave, emotive computing, is upon us and Jibo is a transformative, social and emotive robot that will help people thrive like part of the family.’
Jibo is the first in a new class of family robotics that will humanize information, apps and services, and ultimately will help people and families affordably address fundamental human needs that require high-touch engagement for the best human outcomes like education, independent ageing and health management in the convenience of their home. Jibo doesn’t replace people and human relationships, rather it is designed to support, complement, and extend what we need from others in an affordable, effective and delightful way so that we can succeed, thrive and grow.’