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Jibo Social Robot on Sale for $899

Three years after raising more than $3.6 million on a crowdfunding campaign, Jibo the social robot is now available for the public to buy. Pre-ordered units will start shipping to customers in November.
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5e NannyBot Wants to be Your Robot Babysitter
By Steve Crowe · 27 December, 2016 • The 5e NannyBot is designed to help parents remotely monitor their kids. The robot uses sonar to follow kids around and stream a live audio/video feed back to the parent's cell phone or computer.
Amazon Echo Data Sought in First-Degree Murder Case
By Steve Crowe · 27 December, 2016 • Authorities in Bentonville, Arkansas have issued a warrant to Amazon to deliver any audio and records from an Echo that belongs to James Andrew Bates. Bates is going to trial in 2017 for first-degree murder of Victor Collins.
Zenbo Home Robot Goes on Sale Jan. 1 in Taiwan
By Steve Crowe · 22 December, 2016 • ASUS' Zenbo home robot is designed to provide assistance, entertainment, and companionship to families. ASUS will start selling 32G and 128G versions of Zenbo in Taiwan beginning January 1, 2017.
Jibo Social Robot Won’t Ship in 2016
By Steve Crowe · 18 November, 2016 • Jibo won't ship to customers in 2016. In an email update to its Indiegogo backers, CEO Steve Chambers says Jibo's second in-home beta test "shed light on some important technical challenges we must overcome."
Social Robot Maker Jibo Raises $13M
By Steve Crowe · 11 November, 2016 • The social robot startup Jibo has raised $13.1 million from investors, but a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission shows the company is looking to raise a total of $28 million.
Yumi is the First Robot Powered by Amazon Alexa
By Steve Crowe · 2 November, 2016 • Omate's Yumi robot is the first robot to be powered by Amazon Alexa. You interact with Yumi just like you do with Amazon Echo, using your voice, having access to more than 3,000 Amazon Alexa skills.
Jibo 7-Minute Workout is Your In-Home Personal Trainer
By Steve Crowe · 28 October, 2016 • A developer has built a "7-Minute Workout" skill for Jibo that gives the social robot the ability to be your personal trainer at home.
Robot Dog Wants to Comfort Lonely Seniors
By Steve Crowe · 4 October, 2016 • Hasbro's new Companion Pet Golden Pup is a golden retriever robot dog that hopes to be your grandparent's new best friend. At $120, your lonely loved ones interact with the Companion Pet Golden Pup by talking to it, which causes the robot dog to look at you and make "puppy-like noises."
15 Must-See Robotics Startups at RoboBusiness 2016
By Steve Crowe · 28 September, 2016 • Pitchfire, the "Shark Tank" of robotics, gives 15 robotics startups two minutes to tell a live panel of judges and attendees how their product will be a disruptive technology. Here's a sneak peek at each finalist.
Jibo Shipping Pre-launch Models in November
By Steve Crowe · 27 September, 2016 • Pre-launch versions of Jibo the social robot will start shipping to backers in November on a first-ordered, first-received basis. The hardware will be finalized on the pre-launch version of Jibo, but the software will not be finalized. No timeframe was set for when fully-functioning Jibo will ship.
Jibo SDK Demos Kitchen Assistant Skill
By Steve Crowe · 26 August, 2016 • A developer demos the Jibo Kitchen Assistant skill to show how the social robot can help you become a master chef.
Jibo Shouldn’t be Given up on Just Yet
By Steve Crowe · 24 August, 2016 • If Jibo fails, it won't be because of shipping delays or cancellation of international orders. It'll be because it didn't live up to the hype it promised at the start.
Amazon Echo: Virtual Assistant or Government Spy?
By Tim Albright | AVNation · 12 August, 2016 • Even if Amazon Echo is secure, many IoT devices are not. Some security experts are concerned about hacking, government access and who exactly is receiving all this consumer data.
Jibo Won’t Ship Outside US, Canada
By Steve Crowe · 10 August, 2016 • The social robot Jibo won't be available outside the US and Canada anytime soon due to "performance latency issues."
Pepper Robot Goes to Work in US
By Steve Crowe · 3 August, 2016 • Softbank's Pepper robot will greet customers at the b8ta retail store in Palo Alto, Calif. from August 11-18 as the humanoid robot gears up for its launch in the United States.

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