This site uses cookies to improve your experience and to provide services and advertising. By continuing to browse, you agree to the use of cookies described in our Cookies Policy. You may change your settings at any time but this may impact on the functionality of the site. To learn more see our Cookies Policy.
#Open journalism No news is bad news

Your contributions will help us continue to deliver the stories that are important to you

Support The Journal
Dublin: 17 °C Tuesday 11 August, 2020

This robot is designed to become part of your family's day-to-day life

It does have a creepy stare, though.

Image: YouTube

Source: Jibo The World's First Family Robot/YouTube

RENOWNED ROBOTICIST DOCTOR. Cynthia Breazeal is announcing a social robot for the family called Jibo (pronounced jee-bo) and it’s available for pre-order now.

A social robot is simply one that’s designed for interacting with people and meeting their needs.

It will currently cost around $499 (€370).

Jibo’s physical appearance and movements are vaguely reminiscent of Luxo Jr., the famed Pixar lamp.

Its “head” is a display with embedded cameras so that it can perceive its environment, and its segmented body animates itself by way of three swiveling sections.

Jibo doesn’t have any mobility or manipulation capabilities — it can’t pick up dropped items and you’ll need to physically move it from place to place — but Dr. Breazeal told us that this is a very intentional design for keeping its price point low.

Mobility and manipulation are among the more complex parts of robot design, and a functional stationary robot may help set the stage for a time when people welcome autonomous mobile robots into the home with open arms.

Jibo runs a Linux-based system to facilitate some cool at-home capabilities. You can check them out in the video above (along with a comment from Dr. Breazeal). Developers are also welcome to get in on the action to create Jibo apps,which are called “Skills”.

- Dylan Love

Read: NASA’s space robots are getting Google smartphones >

More: The United Nations are trying to stop the killer robots before it’s too late >

  • Share on Facebook
  • Email this article

Published with permission from:

Business Insider
Business Insider is a business site with strong financial, media and tech focus.

Read next: