Jibo was originally planned for mass production in the first half of 2016. The selling price of the robot has also been jacked up from US$599 to US$749.
The design comes from the MIT Media Lab’s Personal Robots Group, and the project was made by Acer. Jibo, a Boston startup raised US $38.6 million to produce a friendly robo-assistant to families.
IT is equipped with cameras and microphones, the robot and looks like Jonny Ive’s desk lamp. Jibo, is a little taller than a toaster. It can recognize faces, understand what people say, and respond in an amiable voice. This is more than many humans can do on a Monday morning.
Jibo’s purpose is to "help busy family members coordinate with one another and communicate with the outside world." It was supposed to hit the shops for US$599 which made it fairly affordable considering what it did not do. We will not invest in a home robot until one can do the dishes and cook.