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Jibo Is as Good as Social Robots Get. But Is That Good Enough?

After years of making emotionally engaging machines with her students at the MIT Media Lab’s Personal Robots Group , Breazeal thinks the time has finally come for a personal robot to inhabit our homes and help us live our lives. To pursue that goal, she founded Jibo, a Boston startup that has raised US $38.6 million to produce a friendly robo-assistant to families . Equipped with cameras and microphones, the robot, also called Jibo, is a little taller than a toaster and shaped like a desk fan. It can recognize faces, understand what people say, and respond in an amiable voice. Jibo’s purpose is to help busy family members coordinate with one another and communicate with the outside world. In the morning, for example, the robot can remind parents and kids of important events and tasks for the day. You can tell Jibo what you need to accomplish today, and it will update your ...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/robotics/home-robots/jibo-is-as-...

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