While Siri and its ilk have gotten most of us used to the idea of talking to our devices, the current selection of smart assistants still feel more like tools than something with a personality. Jibo, a new robot from MIT roboticist Cynthia Breazeal, might be the gadget that finally changes that.
Jibo is designed to be a social robot that you interact with like it’s another person in your home. Hungry? Tell Jibo it’s time to order a pizza and it will go online to get your usual. Celebrating a birthday? Jibo can snap a photo of your daughter blowing out the candles on the cake. It also does the stuff you normally associate with smart assistants, like reminders or sending messages. They can also communicate with each other, so you can ask Jibo to remind your mom to pick up the kids and her Jibo…
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