This story began with the release of a science fiction drama Bicentennial Man in 1999, the one starring Robin Williams himself! The great masterpiece is not forgotten, furthermore we can see the similar storyline today in a real world.
The robot was presented by MIT Media Lab, to be a small household assistant and for sure is not planned to replace any of the living persons at home, but being a sweet link between our world and computing. As told by Cynthia Breazeal, director of the Personal Robots Group, Jibo can be your personal photographer, messenger, video-chat avatar tracking your face position to keep a nice picture for the mate you are speaking with. He can automatically take photos or record video for your home collection using his 360-degree sound intake range and two eyes, being as well a multi-purpose camera.
11 inches high and weighing only 6 pounds robot can identify each family member using his face and voice rendering sensor in order to interact, whether it is a simple conversation or a task they are asked for. The robot boy can’t even stroll, but he can catch you with his eyes turning face-to-face in front of you. He also has touch sensors throughout his aluminum-plastic-glass body inlayed with LED lamps creating the color-lighting show when joking or amusing the guests. Two speakers allow the robo-friend to speak with people surrounding him and even to tell stories to the kids before they get asleep.
Ever wanted to have your own home secretary reminding you about upcoming events or meetings or even delivering your messages to the persons around? All these and even more may be integrated through the upcoming software, which should be installed via Wi-Fi receiver embedded.
Jibo is not available yet, but can be pre-ordered now for about $499 and shipped on Christmas of 2015. But if you choose the developer’s kit for $599 you might see it beforehand in the fall of 2015.