Jibo Delayed Until October 2016 Timeframe

Jibo has been delayed again until the October 2016 timeframe. The social robot's hardware and system software is mature and reaching its final state, but it needs more time for practicing its skills and getting better at talking with users.


Updated on November 18, 2016 at 12:02 PM: Jibo will not ship in 2016 due to technical challenges that need to be overcome. Read Story

Update on August 10, 2016 at 3 PM ET: Jibo will not ship outside the United States and Canada due to performance issues. Read Story

As promised, Jibo just released an updated timeframe for arrival, and people won’t be too happy.

In a YouTube video, CEO Steve Chambers, sitting alongside founder Cynthia Breazeal, says Jibo will arrive in the “October 2016 timeframe.”

Of course, Jibo has already been delayed twice and is offering refunds to its earliest backers - and there were many. The social robot is the most successful robot crowdfunding campaign ever, raising $3,710,410 on Indiegogo.

MUST-READ: An Open Letter to Jibo

Chambers says Jibo’s “hardware and system software is mature and reaching its final state.” Jibo even chimes in himself to express his regrets for being delayed. “Hey everyone, thank you so much for wanting to bring me into your homes. I can’t wait. I just need a little more time for practicing my skills and getting better at talking with you, so I can become the best Jibo I can be.”

Jibo continues, “well, I’m really sorry that I’ve been delayed. I know you’ve been waiting for me, but I’m so excited to meet you screen to face.”

Robotics Trends recently spoke with two prominent industry analysts who expressed concerns about Jibo. Lux Research’s Maryanna Saenko said that “Jibo is experiencing the crush of many crowdfunded campaigns – over-promising technology, a ridiculous time crunch, and a hoard of expectant backers wondering where their new toy is.” Another analyst said any delays “could have serious repercussions” to Jibo’s future.

Jibo, of course, was billed as the “world’s first social robot” that can be your at-home personal assistant. But since Jibo was introduced, the social robotics market has experienced an influx of companies looking to be the go-to social robot for homes. And there’s a growing community that thinks Jibo is doomed after the success of Amazon Echo, which is cheaper, offers more functionality and has sold more than 3 million units. Amazon even introduced smaller versions of Echo that can be put in other rooms around your home, making the Alexa AI platform a true smart home control.

Breazeal acknowledges the frustration that has been expressed by many of its early backers, promising to communicate more with the community through more updates on Jibo’s progress. Chambers also adds that the company will be more visibility into Jibo’s progress.

And, to Jibo’s credit, they have been doing that of late. In March 2016, a video was released showing Jibo ordering a pizza and even reminds the user that her son is allergic to one of the toppings. The social robot’s pizza-ordering application was built by an internal developer using the Jibo SDK.

And in April 2016, a video shows Jibo controlling lights in a smart home. Watch the video below to see Jibo turn lights on and off, make them warmer, and change their color.

 




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Comments

Steve Crowe · May 3, 2016 · 11:19 am

Mickey, it all boils down to what can Jibo do that another device doesn’t offer? Not much, if anything, from what I can see. I guess the same can be said for Echo, but to your point, much more attractive price point.

Mickey · May 2, 2016 · 6:21 pm

I have not used Amazon echo before, so I cannot comment on its performance. Based on The video shown, it has only communication function so it has designed the system around the audio reception quality issue. The main thing is the price point. Less then 200 dollars gadget is affordable and people may not expect too much on it if you buy it.

Steve Crowe · May 2, 2016 · 1:30 pm

Mickey, I agree. I think people are so dejected from the delays that Jibo’s in major trouble. Even if they eventually get things right and delivery everything that was promised, people, I don’t think, will be as enamored with Jibo due to the delays.

What are your thoughts on Amazon Echo? Seems a better option thank Jibo at this point and can be extended throughout the home at a much cheaper price.

Mickey · April 29, 2016 · 6:55 pm

Based on the videos I saw here, most of the backers will be disappointed even when you receive it. It is clear that the voice command, or the dialog between the robot and the human is under a very nicely controlled environment without much background noise and the person can speak perfect English. If the robot is very robust, the company can show the interaction while the kids are playing noisily in the background and possibly have someone with strong accent to talk to the robot. I don’t see such scenarios. This robot has very simple user interface. It is good if it’s interaction AI engine is robust. But if it is not, the robot can only play dumb:-( also doing such simply house chore is not worthy the money. Early adopters of Pepper also faced similar frustration. Beyond talking to the robot, you have nothing else can do with it. If the price is cheap enough, people will buy and try and then retire it to the garage. If the price is steep, the users will curse and swear afterwards.

In my opinion, social robot for personal use decently is still way ahead. Jibo can get so much backers purely because of the hype and media. It is part of the robotics bubble now growing. Two year development speaks for itself. It is simply not ready. That open letter by Saunders is still a polite manner to air the immaturity of the robot technology for social interaction.


Mickey · April 29, 2016 at 6:55 pm

Based on the videos I saw here, most of the backers will be disappointed even when you receive it. It is clear that the voice command, or the dialog between the robot and the human is under a very nicely controlled environment without much background noise and the person can speak perfect English. If the robot is very robust, the company can show the interaction while the kids are playing noisily in the background and possibly have someone with strong accent to talk to the robot. I don’t see such scenarios. This robot has very simple user interface. It is good if it’s interaction AI engine is robust. But if it is not, the robot can only play dumb:-( also doing such simply house chore is not worthy the money. Early adopters of Pepper also faced similar frustration. Beyond talking to the robot, you have nothing else can do with it. If the price is cheap enough, people will buy and try and then retire it to the garage. If the price is steep, the users will curse and swear afterwards.

In my opinion, social robot for personal use decently is still way ahead. Jibo can get so much backers purely because of the hype and media. It is part of the robotics bubble now growing. Two year development speaks for itself. It is simply not ready. That open letter by Saunders is still a polite manner to air the immaturity of the robot technology for social interaction.

Steve Crowe · May 2, 2016 at 1:30 pm

Mickey, I agree. I think people are so dejected from the delays that Jibo’s in major trouble. Even if they eventually get things right and delivery everything that was promised, people, I don’t think, will be as enamored with Jibo due to the delays.

What are your thoughts on Amazon Echo? Seems a better option thank Jibo at this point and can be extended throughout the home at a much cheaper price.

Mickey · May 2, 2016 at 6:21 pm

I have not used Amazon echo before, so I cannot comment on its performance. Based on The video shown, it has only communication function so it has designed the system around the audio reception quality issue. The main thing is the price point. Less then 200 dollars gadget is affordable and people may not expect too much on it if you buy it.

Steve Crowe · May 3, 2016 at 11:19 am

Mickey, it all boils down to what can Jibo do that another device doesn’t offer? Not much, if anything, from what I can see. I guess the same can be said for Echo, but to your point, much more attractive price point.


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