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Household Robot Jibo Nets Over $1 Million On Indiegogo 61

mikejuk (1801200) writes After seven days the Jibo project has over $1.1 million. What is surprising is that Jibo isn't a complex piece of hardware that will do the dishes and pick up clothes. It doesn't move around at all. It just sits and interacts with the family using a camera, microphones and a voice. It is a social robot, the speciality of the founder, MIT's, Cynthia Breazeal. The idea is that this robot will be your friend, take photos, remind you of appointments, order takeaway and tell the kids a story. If you watch the promo video then you can't help but think that this is all too polished and the real thing will fall flat on its face when delivered. If it does work then worry about the hundreds of kids needing psychiatric counselling — shades of Robbie in I, Robot. Even if it is hopelessly hyped — there is a development system and I want one. It is the early days of the home computer all over again.
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Household Robot Jibo Nets Over $1 Million On Indiegogo

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  • iHAL9000 (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 26, 2014 @11:29AM (#47538463)

    The first mental impression of this gizmo is that it looks like a HAL9000 video pickup as envisioned by Steve Jobs.

  • by OzPeter ( 195038 ) on Saturday July 26, 2014 @11:31AM (#47538477)

    It looks like that HHGTG is also being treated as a manual rather than as a warning.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    I don't get what the summary is trying to say. Is it saying that this robot will be your friend, but it will also molest you at the same time, thus requiring you to go get psychiatric treatment from some other robot who may very well molest you in the same, or possibly a different, way? And I have to pay $1.1 million to get one of these robots? First of all, I don't really want to be molested by a robot, even if it will remind me about my appointments. Now that I think about it more, will it schedule an app

  • Not really a robot (Score:5, Insightful)

    by kamapuaa ( 555446 ) on Saturday July 26, 2014 @11:38AM (#47538503) Homepage

    The robot barely moves, you could pretty much just put a cell phone on a stand and run a Jibo app and it would be the same thing. Make a $100 stand that's capable of being articulated about by cell phone software, and you could do everything that's in this video.

    So while the youtube video is fun, what the company is really promising is a version of Siri that's far & away better than what Apple is capable of, delivered in less than a year and a half, on a budget far smaller than Apple's. I wish them the best but I'm sorry, I have to be a knee-jerk cynic.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Except it moves *just enough*. It can track you and display images. Granted its more telepresence like but that remove video call at dinner was pretty awesome. That's really only possible with at least *some* sort of movement.

      Besides, this has more movement than robots in some of the toyota factories you'll see and those are classified as 'robots'. So, there.

  • This is what Nao from Aldebaran is.

  • The robot kinda looks like the keepon.
  • ...that interacts with the family.

    AKA: pet
  • by nospam007 ( 722110 ) * on Saturday July 26, 2014 @12:07PM (#47538609)

    The kids are already on psy-counseling after they dropped their iPhone in the toilet.
    They'll never recover completely.

  • by claar ( 126368 ) on Saturday July 26, 2014 @12:39PM (#47538779)

    Currently Indigogo says that 2,575 people have contributed $1,175,564 ($457 per person).

    But if you add up the people and amounts for the various perks, you get 330 people contributing $73,874 (223 per person).

    Can someone explain the difference?

    • by Anonymous Coward

      If you read the comments you can see lots of people complaining that the perk they picked is no longer visible on the page. So it seems indiegogo lets you remove perks (but without canceling the orders for that perk). So maybe that's why?

    • by tysonedwards ( 969693 ) on Saturday July 26, 2014 @01:40PM (#47539077)
      Sure, there are a lot of accounts created to prop up the sales numbers but aren't claiming rewards to otherwise make the project look more awesome. There is actual investors to this company, and they are likely looking for a return on their investment. Propping up their own campaign to make their company look more powzers to the media, thereby getting more presales doesn't exactly seem that far fetched. Either that or there are a lot of people who believe in what these guys are doing and don't want the product in the end.
  • The sci fi promise of robots were things that would automate our work so we could spend time with friends. This thing sounds like something I have to spend more time working on/with to get a "friend".
  • It's all covered in cat hair, which it leaves everywhere.

  • After a bit of skimming, I couldn't really determine if this is a standalone device or something that depends on some creepy third party who will abandon it at some point? The processing demands seem a little high for a standalone, embedded processor.

  • I can't help but be reminded of the Rolly [youtube.com]. Does this mean the next stock market crash and recession is next year? Frivolity like this just seems "toppy".

  • How is a child raised by a robot any more traumatized than a child raised by a television (AKA the electric babysitter)?

  • by WankersRevenge ( 452399 ) on Saturday July 26, 2014 @06:05PM (#47540227)

    me: Hi Jibo
    It spins and spins.
    me: Over here. Over here. I'm standing here. Jibo. Stop spinning.
    jibo: would you like take out.
    me: no.
    jibo: how about sushi. Your favorite food.
    me:That's Lizzie's favorite.
    jibo: Ordering. Unable to comply. Please check your network settings.
    me: Cancel
    jibo: Please say that again. I did not understand.
    me: Reset. Stop.
    jibo: Want me to take a picture.
    me: No.
    jibo: Cheese. Hard drive full. Please delete some of your pictures.
    me: Stop taking pictures.
    jibo: taking picture. Cheese. Hard drive full. Please delete some of your pictures.
    me: Why did I buy this friggin thing?

    Seriously, compare the Kinnect promo videos to how it actually turned out. That's Jibo, except from an extremely well funded company. This is just snake-oil.

  • I hope they eventually come out with a model they dub "Kwijibo", thereby validating Bart's scrabble gambit.
  • I'm working on a Fleshlight attachment [theverge.com] and a pillow talk module.
  • It's just a 2XL and a Radio Shack Armatron glued together... I had this in 1985...
    http://www.retrothing.com/2006... [retrothing.com]
    http://www1.pcmag.com/media/im... [pcmag.com]

    Also, a fax machine is just a waffle iron with a phone attached.

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