Meet Jibo: The Family Robot That Wants To Make Your Life Easier

screen shot via YouTube/Jibo

Ever wish you could just hire someone to be your extra helping hand all the time? Someone who would take the family photos and order dinner after a long day at work, someone to read you your emails and the kids their nighttime stories when you had your hands tied up with something else? Jibo, the “world’s first family robot” is coming to help.

Jibo is smart robot personal assistant who is made specifically for families. He looks like a table-top pod that comes equipped with two hi-res cameras that can recognize and track faces, 360-degree microphones, and natural language processors, and AI algorithms so he can get to know each member of the family.

Created to be part personal assistant and part family companion, Jibo works through Wi-Fi to connect to applications much like Siri does for your iPhone. He can connect to phones, computers, and even other Jibos. He looks like a robot, but Cynthia Breazeal, CEO of Jibo Inc. and head of the Personal Robots Group at the MIT Media Lab, wants you to feel like Jibo is your new best friend.

Jibo is this helpful presence that helps support your family, your human network, to be more efficient and feel more connected,” Brazeal told CNN.

Jibo isn’t quite ready to hit the market yet, but if you want to be apart of the early bird crowd that gets to refine all of this family robots kinks, it’ll cost you as much as a new smartphone. The first prototype edition of Jibo is $499 and ships in December 2015.

JIBO is the perfect robot for everyone in the family,” reads Jibo’s Indiegogo campaign page. “Because JIBO is an open platform, his skills and applications will grow, helping and delighting in ways even we haven’t even imagined.”

The crowd-funding campaign to develop Jibo started on July 16 with a goal of $100,000 and more than surpassed its goal in one day, with more than $380,900 raised. The campaign closes on Aug. 15.