For generations we’ve dreamed of robots that can interact humans in meaningful and delightful ways. Now, that dream is one step closer to reality with the Jibo robot.
Dr. Cynthia Brezeale, MIT Professor and robotics engineer has invented the social robotic creature, which can act as a personal messenger, family cameraman, storyteller and charming companion. Jibo is being billed as the world’s first family robot.
Of course, my first thought was — that title already belongs to someone else: Rosie, the blue robotic maid of George Jetson fame. Ha!
Don’t worry, Rosie, you’re way cuter than Jibo. Lovely eyes, too.
Unlike tablets and other home-centered gadgets and technology, Jibo is slated to become a member of the family.
I really love the potential this thing has for senior citizens and latchkey kids — not to mention those of us in the sandwich generation staring up at the ceiling every night wondering what the future does and doesn’t hold.
Jibo, can you crawl in bed with me and keep me cold feet warm at night?
You can read the full news release about Jibo via Market Wired, but be forewarned. There’s no mention of Jibo providing warm hugs or cleaning the toilet. I do believe it can, however, remind your kids to brush their teeth and feed the dog.
Would you invest in a Jibo robot?