Jibo Music Brings iHeartRadio to Social Robot

Jibo and iHeartRadio have teamed up to launch Jibo Music that will stream iHeartRadio Original stations through the two speakers atop the robot's head. The Jibo Music skill will be available to all robots on December 18 via a free, over-the-air software update.


Social robot Jibo is adding music to its repertoire of skills. Jibo and iHeartRadio have teamed up to launch Jibo Music that will stream iHeartRadio Original stations through the two speakers atop the robot’s head.

The Jibo Music skill will be available to all robots on December 18 via a free, over-the-air software update. Jibo users can then say “Hey Jibo, play music” and Jibo will stream an iHeartRadio Original station from your favorite genre.

Jibo Music features a variety of music genres, including pop, alternative, classic rock, jazz, country, dance, and hip-hop. Jibo will display the album artwork, song title, and artist name as the music plays. And to add a little personality to the mix, Jibo will dance each time users launch a new station and each time a new song starts.

Jibo Music can also be accessed through Jibo’s touch screen.

Here’s a short video of Jibo Music in action:

“The ability to play music via voice command is hugely attractive to consumers and the #1 requested skill customers want Jibo to provide,” said Steve Chambers, Chief Executive Officer, Jibo, Inc. “We set out to create a different music experience that combines a variety of music genres, done the Jibo way: with killer dance moves, expanded programming content and on-screen visualizations over time – and iHeartRadio is a perfect launch partner for Jibo Music. This is the first of many new skills that we’re rolling out to Jibo owners via free, over-the-air software updates over the coming months.”

Jibo Music will initially focus on music and news at launch with additional programming to follow. Jibo Music will also play iHeartRadio’s news and talk content from NPR and NBC News Radio. No word on whether Jibo dances to the news.

The Boston Globe reports that Jibo will announce new features at “a major trade show in January.” We’re guessing this is CES 2018, which we’ll be at, so we’ll bring you the latest on Jibo from Las Vegas, too.

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