From R2D2 to Rosie the robot in the Jetsons, family robots and science fiction go hand in hand. And though it may seem like we're years away from this kind of technology, think again. JIBO may very well be the first family robot to be put on the market as early as next year for around $600. JIBO can see, hear, and speak, but it also has artificial Intelligence capabilities that allow it to learn your preferences, and adapt to your lifestyle. It's a platform, can send and receive messages, and act like a personal assistant. But I'll let the video explain the rest.
I saw this clip on fb, (thanks Wuff!) and had to share.
So what do you think?
Now the question is, would you buy one?
I'm honestly on the fence about this. On the one hand he looks kinda cute, and could be useful for reminders, taking/sending messages, making calls, etc. But on the other hand, there's something that disturbs me about the little puntable guy. He looks cute but in a I'm-gonna-burn-your-house-down-and-giggle kinda way. Not to mention the idea that hackers and spy agencies could very well access to your bot and gain all kinds of personal information from it.
And can you just imagine if cute little JIBO turns around and says "I'm sorry, Dave, I can't do that." Yep, I'd freak and
possibly toss the little bugger out the window. So I think I'll just wait and see how this plays out for now. :)
So what about you? Would you buy JIBO for your home?