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- Dec 30, 2010
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Technically, the definition of an Android is a robotic device with a human form; however, one could argue that if we can create an anthropomorphized (to give a human like personality to something) robotic machine, then it could be considered a type of Android. Apple, Google and Microsoft are going to great lengths to do just that for our smart-devices. We can now experience sharp and human-like responses from Google Now, Siri and Cortana.
Obviously, there are numerous other companies as well, especially in Japan, who are working on actual Android robots. Despite these examples, we really don't have anything which interacts with us in a way that reminds us of the Androids in science fiction. That may change pretty quickly though. We thought it would be interesting to share the latest crowd-funded project that is following this path. It's called JIBO and can be found on Indiegogo.
JIBO doesn't have the appendages to be a house robot, but what makes it stand out is the powerfully interactive personality that the designers are attempting to imbue it with. The video shows off their proof of concept, and there's no telling how close they are to realizing their goals. If they can succeed though, it could end up being a very disruptive technology and find its way into many homes. This is because the personality and interactivity displayed in their idea really gives JIBO that human-like quality which will endear it to its owners.
Overall, from a logistical standpoint, JIBO isn't the most useful of devices yet. It would primarily be used as a portable remote camera for events, or as an interactive learning tool/toy for kids, or as a more reactive personal assistant than your typical smartphone. Still, the potential is great. Even if JIBO isn't a rousing success, we can see this as one step in the evolution of Android-like products for consumers.
Who knows? Maybe in 15 years we will have a JIBO MK 5 doing chores, driving us to work and teaching physics to our kids...
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