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Jibo

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Jibo is a friendly robo-assistant designed to become "part of the family." Equipped with cameras and microphones, it can recognize faces, understand what people say, and respond in an amiable voice. It also loves to dance.

Creator
Jibo Inc.
Country
United States πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
Year
2014
Type
Consumer
Creator
Jibo Inc.
Country
United States πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
Year
2014
Type
Consumer

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Specs

FEATURES
Cloud-based speech recognition and synthesis. Able to identify individual users. Equipped with "apps" (called skills) that let the robot take pictures, set timers, play games, and more.
HEIGHT
28 cm | 11 in
LENGTH
15.2 cm | 6 in
WIDTH
15.2 cm | 6 in
WEIGHT
2.7 kg | 6 lb
SPEED
N/A km/h | N/A mph

SENSORS
High-resolution stereo cameras, six microphones, LCD touchscreen, touch sensors, high resolution encoders.
ACTUATORS
Three DC motors with belt drives
POWER
18-V power supply and internal rechargeable battery
COMPUTING
ARM-based embedded processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, LED lights, and a pair of speakers.
SOFTWARE
Linux OS and JavaScript SDK
DEGREES OF FREEDOM (DOF)
N/A N/A
MATERIALS
Aluminum, ABS plastic, glass
COST
$900
STATUS
Inactive
WEBSITE
https://www.jibo.com/

History

Jibo Inc., based in Boston, Mass., was cofounded by Cynthia Breazeal, an MIT professor who pioneered the field of social robotics. In 2014, Breazeal's team unveiled Jibo, a personal robot designed as a companion and helper to families. With a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo, Jibo amassed US $3.7 million in preorders. The company said the robot, equipped with speech recognition and full of character, would be able to check the weather, read the news, snap pictures, and tell jokes, among other things. But by the time Jibo started arriving in homes, in late 2017, much of its functionality could be found in smartphones and voice assistants like Alexa and Google Home. Jibo received mixed reviews, and its capabilities and "personality" worked for some people, but left others disappointed. In 2018, Jibo Inc. closed its office and completed the sale of its assets and intellectual property to a New York–based investment management firm. It wasn't clear what would happen with existing Jibos; after a software update in early 2019, Jibo displayed a goodbye message, telling users that most of its functionality would be lost once its servers are turned off.