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Jibo the social robot has smooth moves, but much to learnA smart home assistant with swiveling hips, Jibo is more charming than Alexa or Siri. But he still has learning to do. He has potential, if you can get past the $900 price.
Hey Jibo, do you think I'm pretty? I may not know everything, but I do know that you're great for looking at. It's not everyday you meet such a charming, smart home assistant. This is Jibo, a social robot that wants to be your family's new best friend. Packed with witty banter, bubbly animations And a body that swivels and dances. This companion robot was designed to see more alive and connect to its human owners in a more natural way. Jibo's able to learn the voices and faces of up to 16 people. His cameras and microphones detect which family member is talking to him. And he'll turn to face whoever's talking and respond to the keywords, hey, Jibo. Hey, Jibo. What's your favorite dance? Definitely this one. You can ask Chiva for the news, the weather. sports course, putting the hand over his head will silence him. He can act as a photo booth at a party and center himself to get every face in the shot. He can set alarms, he control some smart home devices through IT commands Are there any monsters in here? He'll also fetch answers to plenty of quirky questions. Definitely no monsters in here. Jibo is also proactive. Sometimes jumping in to say hello. Or give a fun fact when an owner comes by. But here's what's not so cute. He costs $900, and cannot do many things you may expect from a basic assistant. He does not play music, take video, or do calls, or set reminders. At least, not yet. The Jibo team says they did not design it to compete with the smart speakers from Amazon and Google. Although it holds the potential to do the same stuff instead the Boston based robotics team spent three years fine tuning his personality, animation, and interaction with people. The Jibo team says they will continue to push out new skills and outside developers will also be able to teach him new tricks. But for now, he's more of a cute pet than a personal assistant Hi Vivo! [MUSIC] Goodbye [MUSIC] Goodbye Brigid.