A promising new robotics project hit Indiegogo today called Jibo. It's a little connected automaton that sits in your home and can deliver messages, answer questions, take pictures, facilitate home automation, and lots more. It uses facial recognition to identify folks around the house and learns based on how you use it. Above all, it aims to be speak in natural, human language, and act as a personal companion.
Jibo can rotate on three axes and connects to your home network over Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The Linux-based platform will be open, allowing developers to dig in and provide new and compelling experiences. Mobile apps will be available so you can control the Jibo with your Android or iOS device.
Though the video paints a charming picture of a future where robot servants handle our every whim (and eventually gain sentience to overthrow their fleshy taskmasters), voice recognition is still a very hit or miss affair, even when implemented by major technology players. The cutest animations and error responses won't be able to make up for the frustration of having to repeat yourself four times for the same command.
In any case, if this is for you, Jibo will be shipping in December 2015. You can back the Jibo project now and lock down your own for $499. Any takers?