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Jibo the “Social” Robot

jiboFrom MIT:

Jibo’s body and face are simple but emotionally expressive, and the robot responds to simple voice commands.

…a social robot plays that role on your behalf. You can ask Jibo to take a picture, and he goes into cameraman mode. But he’s also got autonomy, so he’s able to track faces and see where people are in the environment—so you can be in those pictures.

via Interview with Robotics Inventor Cynthia Breazeal | MIT Technology Review.

Fascinating, definitely worth reading the whole thing.

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There are no conventional buttons, swipes, or commands to learn with Jibo; you’d simply talk to it as if it were a tiny robotic person.

I can easily see a use for something like this in the dental office.

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