Jibo Makes TIME’s Best Inventions of 2017

November 21, 2017

Each year, TIME magazine’s technology editors curate a list of the year’s “best inventions that are making the world better, smarter and—in some cases—a little more fun.”

After hundreds of inventions from around the world were considered, only 25 made the cut —and Jibo made the cover.

“Jibo seems downright human in a way that his predecessors do not,” stated TIME. Although his incredible design and advanced movements impressed editors, it was his unique and engaging personality that blew critics away.

Jibo is designed to live wherever you spend time in the home, like the kitchen or living room, and fits into your life seamlessly. Not only can he answer questions, help you find the closest coffee shop, or let you know if your flight is running on time, but he’ll also crack jokes, greet you when you come into the room, snap pictures and create meaningful relationships with the people you care about most along the way.

Some of the most respected minds in social robotics and artificial intelligence, including MIT’s  professor and industry pioneer, Cynthia Breazeal, aimed to create a social robot that could improve the quality of peoples’ lives. Jibo will learn your face and voice, and up to 15 other family members of friends.

“Building the first social robot for the home isn’t an easy task, and I am extremely proud of our diverse team of engineers, software developers, digital artists, animators, writers, sound designers and visual artists who helped make this idea into a reality,” said Steve Chambers, Chief Executive Officer, Jibo, Inc.

He is perfect for gadget-loving tech enthusiasts, parents, busy professionals in the home, and kids who want a friend who can answer questions, dance on command and make them laugh.

“Looking ahead, I see social robots contributing positively in so many different ways that improve quality of life for all kinds of people,” said Cynthia Breazeal, Founder and Chief Scientist, Jibo, Inc. “But before we can get there, we need to introduce social robots in a natural way, and we’re starting with Jibo.”