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A social robot that takes the virtual assistant to the next level. Pronounced "gee-bo," Jibo plays games, takes photographs and verbalizes voice messages and reminders. Jibo's moving head can track people as they walk around the room for video calling and other activities. Crowdfunded on Indiegogo in 2014, supporters contributed USD $3.7 million; 20 times the campaign goal. Deliveries began in 2017. For more information, visit See social robot.

The Jibo Social Robot
Jibo's head moves to track people, and its body also moves to provide human-like action. (Image courtesy of Jibo,

social robot

A robot with an animal or human-like shape that supports a person's everyday life. Social robots provide features of virtual assistants, such as Siri and Google Assistant, but go way beyond to offer a more personal relationship by acting like a companion. Social robots may be able to recognize family members and remind them of events. They can often learn to navigate the house, and home security may be included or enhanced. See AIBO, Jibo and virtual assistant.

The Care-O-bot 4
Developed by the Fraunhofer Institute in Stuttgart, Germany, this 4th-generation robot was created to be a domestic companion in the home. (Image courtesy of Fraunhofer IPA and Phoenix Design,

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