Meet Jibo: the world's first family robot

Created by an MIT professor, this artificial friend could be in your home telling stories to your kids by the end of 2015.

EDGAR staff July 23, 2014

Back in the 80s, we all assumed we'd be living with robots and hoverboards by the dawn of the new millennium. So while the human race missed its deadlines by a good decade, after the arrival of the latter earlier this year, we can now confirm virtual artificial friends are about to become a very real thing. And it's name is Jibo.

We introduced you to Keecker - the R2-D2 styled robot - in May, but that was just a concept. The makers of Jibo - which can take photos, search the internet, tell stories to children and even track and recognise faces - are taking pre-orders now for an expected delivery date as early as December next year. It also looks a lot like a Pixar creation, so you may feel like you've seen one before.

Funded by more than 2,200 supporters who have contributed over $1 million so far, Jibo's USP it its highly advanced artificial intelligence algorithms that enable it to learn and adapt to fit into your life. Awesome, but slightly scary.

Such is the potential of the 11-inch-high device that its creator - MIT professor Cynthia Breazeal - has now thrown open the platform to developers in the hope that new and exiting skills can be created.

We have to say the whole concept of having a personal robot on the loose in your house watching your every move seems slightly creepy, but for today's tech-hungry generation, we can definitely see it being a success. If it turns evil just remember, it probably can't climb stairs.

Details: visit Myjibo.com