‘How May I Help You?’ Asks Jibo the Social Robot

Your customers sit in your office's waiting room, being entertained by a desk-mounted sociable robot named Jibo. The little guy also provides a new kind of kiosk as he engages with passersby, or serves as the no-lunch-break receptionist.

These are a few of the possibilities raised by the announcement Wednesday of what the robot's maker -- MIT Media Lab Associate Professor Cynthia Breazeal -- describes as "the world's first family robot." But the capabilities that could endear him to a family could similarly be applied to many business roles.

Jibo, according to an online video, has a number of skills. Sitting on a desktop, the 11-inch tall, 6 pound, WiFi-connected device with a headlike-screen can swivel and move in place, offering expressive body motions. He can use natural cues like movement, speech commands, and face/smile detection to know when a human is posing for a photo, which he'll automatically take.

'First in a New Class'

Linked to iOS or Android devices, he can take voice messages or verbally remind a person with an appointment reminder. He can identify a family member, and responds with both voice, body movement and short animations or videos on his screen. A see-and-track camera can be used to show other participants in the room during a video call with remote video-callers, as the remote caller indicates.

He can also present multimedia content and respond to human responses, for such uses as children's storytelling or, one imagines, presenting product information.

Jibo founder and CEO Breazeal said in a statement that her creation is "the first in a new class of family robotics that will humanize information, apps and services, and ultimately help people and families affordably address fundamental human needs that require high-touch engagement for the best human outcomes like education, independent aging and health management in the convenience of the...

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‘How May I Help You?’ Asks Jibo the Social Robot

Your customers sit in your office's waiting room, being entertained by a desk-mounted sociable robot named Jibo. The little guy also provides a new kind of kiosk as he engages with passersby, or serves as the no-lunch-break receptionist.

These are a few of the possibilities raised by the announcement Wednesday of what the robot's maker -- MIT Media Lab Associate Professor Cynthia Breazeal -- describes as "the world's first family robot." But the capabilities that could endear him to a family could similarly be applied to many business roles.

Jibo, according to an online video, has a number of skills. Sitting on a desktop, the 11-inch tall, 6 pound, WiFi-connected device with a headlike-screen can swivel and move in place, offering expressive body motions. He can use natural cues like movement, speech commands, and face/smile detection to know when a human is posing for a photo, which he'll automatically take.

'First in a New Class'

Linked to iOS or Android devices, he can take voice messages or verbally remind a person with an appointment reminder. He can identify a family member, and responds with both voice, body movement and short animations or videos on his screen. A see-and-track camera can be used to show other participants in the room during a video call with remote video-callers, as the remote caller indicates.

He can also present multimedia content and respond to human responses, for such uses as children's storytelling or, one imagines, presenting product information.

Jibo founder and CEO Breazeal said in a statement that her creation is "the first in a new class of family robotics that will humanize information, apps and services, and ultimately help people and families affordably address fundamental human needs that require high-touch engagement for the best human outcomes like education, independent aging and health management in the convenience of the...

Comments are closed.