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Jibo is the house robot we’ve all been dreaming about
Wouldn’t life be much easier if we had a bit more help around the house, let’s say, in the form of a robot? We are not just daydreaming at GoExplore HQ, either, take a look at this guy;
Cynthia Breazeal, a roboticist at MIT’s Media Lab has created Jibo, the “world’s first family robot” designed to interact with people and take on various tasks such as reading the mail, controlling the climate and reminding you about scheduled events – it’ll even play at being photographer.
With a simple internet connection Jibo talks and moves in a human-like fashion, trying to imitate emotions and reactions that make it more family friendly. For instance, the screen displays a range of emoticons to supplement messages or reminders. This involves blinking its “eye,” showing a mail icon when it receives emails, or using animations to illustrate a story that it’s reading.
What’s more, Jibo houses two color stereo cameras that can detect and follow people and movement, and a battery pack that can provide cord-free power for about 30 minutes.
Even though Jibo isn’t able to move independently, it does have three motors and a toothed belt system to allow him to rotate the movable sections of his body.
Jibo is designed to be a learning system and there will be a Software Development Kit (SDK) available when purchasing a developer package. It is hoped that this will help improve Jibo’s software and reach its full potential.
Jibo is subject of an Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign and it’s currently available for a pre-order price of $499, shipping late in 2015. The developer package is also available for $599 (including the full SDK and access to the Jibo developer program) and will also ship in the latter half of 2015.