JIBO is described as “the world’s first family robot”, but it is actually more like a computer with personality because it is unable to move, apart from swivelling its screen to follow you or to look around. The little machine, which will cost $499, is about the same price as an iPad. It is certainly very clever, but I still think I would rather have the iPad.
Jibo is being crowd funded at the moment prior to going in to full production. It is expected that the first Jibos will be available in the third quarter of 2015. The crowd funding target of $100,000 has been massively beaten in just four days and currently stands at just under $800,000, so things are looking good for Jibo.
It is worth having a look at the video on the Indiegogo website, I was certainly impressed but I do wish it had legs!