Jibo: A social, family robot that uses emotional intelligence
Watch this video, and you’ll see why folks like Cynthia Breazeal and Guy Hoffman are focusing on why emotional intelligence is important to the future of robotics.
This particular robot, Jibo, is not yet available. It’s creator has launched a Indigogo campaign to assist the company in reaching its goal of delivering Jibo robots next year.
In the meantime, what’s most interesting here is the emotional engineering that goes into something like this.
“I would say this is the first social, personal robot,” says Illah Nourbakhsh, a roboticist at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. Jibo’s body language and expressions are designed to convey emotional states in the same way humans do, while his sensors and programming are tuned to our presence. Jibo knows when someone enters a room, and can identify who it is if he can see their face or hear their voice. The idea is that Jibo’s social skills help him to fit seamlessly into the household.
Jibo’s body and head movements are complex and smooth enough to convey convincing human-like body language but he cannot move around. For that, he relies on the humans in the household to pick him up – he weighs a mere 2.7 kilos – and move him from place to place. Jibo charges up via wireless pads plugged in around the house, or he can run on batteries for about 30 minutes away from a power source. When he joins the family at the dinner table, for instance.
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