Jibo’s back! Cynthia Breazeal’s social robot is on sale again at Indiegogo

A Weston startup ran a “crowdfunding” campaign this summer to raise money to begin production of a tabletop robot, Jibo, that interacts with people, helping to manage schedules or initiate videoconferences. Now they're doing it again.
A Weston startup ran a “crowdfunding” campaign this summer to raise money to begin production of a tabletop robot, Jibo, that interacts with people, helping to manage schedules or initiate videoconferences. Now they're doing it again.

They say third time’s a charm, but this robot needs no help.

After smashing through its funding goal on Indiegogo last summer, and raking in a cool $2 million in an extended round, the chatty kitchen-top machine that creator Cynthia Breazeal describes “as the world’s first family robot” is back on sale. The company appears to be looking to top off its $25 million in funding announced earlier this year and launched a third round of pre-orders on Indiegogo on Monday.

It’s currently the only place where you can buy the bot. Home and developer models are both on sale for $749 including shipping — and in the last 12 hours, more than 250 people seem to have already contributed to the program.

Nidhi Subbaraman writes about science and research. Email her at nidhi.subbaraman@globe.com.
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