Like the milkman and the switchboard operator before him, time has left behind CRN's Dylan Martin reports that Jibo, the company that makes the eponymous device, has now shut down its servers, starving the robots of much of their already-limited intelligence..
From the beginning, the deck was stacked against Jibo. Priced at $899 (roughly converting to £685 and AU$1,270), he was expensive -- and he could never do as much asor . Sure, he was cute and he could dance. But in 2019, that's not always enough.
Jibo was launched in 2014 as an Indiegogo crowd-funded project by Dr. Cynthia Breazeal of MIT. The project was fully funded in September of that year, preceding the release of the first according to a report by the IEEE., which followed two months later. In 2017, Jibo was finally released to an appreciative but lukewarm reception. Jibo, the company, sold its assets in December 2018,