Introducing My Jibo, the personalized robotic computer assistant that wants to change your life. You’ll be able to tell it what to do, or ask it a question, and it’ll get the job done thanks to its connection to your WiFi network. Unfortunately, you can’t swing by Best Buy or order one on Amazon quite yet because it’s just a concept, for now.
“Social robotics pioneer” Cynthia Breazeal, a professor at MIT, has launched a crowdfunding campaign to turn her idea into a real product that could become your new best friend, politely reminding you of important tasks and events to help you stay on top of things. My Jibo will even recognize you – and each member of your household – to deliver the right messages to the right people at the right time. If it seems a little weird that’s because it most definitely is. But the future’s already getting a little weird, so Jibo could be an accurate predictor of the technology we’ll be seeing from the consumer electronics industry in the next 2-3 years.
The team at Jibo means business, as seen from this screenshot of the aggressive release schedule on their website:
The plan is to sell the unit for around $500, a reasonable price if this thing turns out to be as awesome as it seems.