Meet JIBO, The World’s First Family Robot

Friendly, helpful and intelligent. JIBO is the real deal, from social robots pioneer Cynthia Breazeal. JIBO can’t wait to meet you.

Hello! I'm JIBO.

Supporters

Raised of $100,000 Goal

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$499 HOME EDITION

1 JIBO+

JIBOAlive Toolkit

Get 1 JIBO Robot at a special inaugural price.

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Dec. 2015 | White or Black

$599 DEVELOPER EDITION

1 JIBO+

JIBOAlive SDK

Be part of our vibrant, growing developer community!

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Dec. 2015 | White or Black

$199 NOW $349 AT SHIP

1 JIBO

Get the JIBO Home Edition in early 2016 for only $199 down and $349 at ship.

PRE-ORDER NOW

*Through Indiegogo

Feb. 2016 | White or Black

$799 HOME EDITION

BUY 1 GIVE 1

For every JIBO Home Edition pre-ordered here, we donate 1 to Boston Children's Hospital.

PRE-ORDER NOW

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Dec. 2015 | White or Black

$899 DEVELOPER EDITION

BUY 1 GIVE 1

DEVELOPER EDITION

Pre-Order a Developer Edition, and we will donate a JIBO to Boston Children's Hospital.

PRE-ORDER NOW

*Through Indiegogo

Dec. 2015 | White or Black

Already pre-ordered your JIBO? Interested in hackathons, accessories and upgrades?

WHAT JIBO CAN DO

See

Two hi-res cameras recognize and track faces, capture photos, and enable immersive video calling.

Hear

360° microphones and natural language processing let you talk to JIBO from anywhere in the room.

Speak

Hands-free reminders and messages, so you'll never forget and can always be in touch.

Learn

Artificial Intelligence algorithms learn your preferences to adapt and fit into your life.

Help

Like a personal assistant, JIBO proactively helps you, to make everyday tasks simpler and easier.

Relate

Communicates and expresses using natural social and emotive cues so you understand each other better.

JIBO'S SKILLS

INTELLIGENT & HANDS-FREE

Assistant

Politely reminds you of important tasks and events to help you stay on top of things.

Messenger

Recognizes you and each member of your household, to deliver the right messages to the right people at the right time & place.

EMOTIONAL CONNECTOR

Photographer

Uses natural cues like movement, speech, and smile detection to know when someone’s posing for a picture.

Avatar

See-and-track camera makes it easy to turn and look at people, to support video calling as if you are in the room.

FUN & SUPPORTIVE

Storyteller

Sound effects, graphics and physical movements make a responsive and interactive storytelling experience.

Companion

Physical presence with helpfulness and heart, JIBO will put a smile on your face and make you feel better.

Stretch goals

Be involved, join us and shape the future of robotics

The first $100,000 will give us enough money to be able to design, build, and test JIBO, and get him ready for production. Now, we have a bigger vision in our sights, and we need your help to give him new compelling, engaging skills. We are thrilled at the possibility of what’s to come for JIBO!

$750,000

$199 Now, $349 at Ship in 2016

Shipping in early 2016*, we are allowing you to pre-order a limited number of JIBO Home Editions for only $199 down, and $349 when we ship.

$1,000,000

Free JIBO Expression Packs

JIBO will be able to send and receive “JIBOticons”: messages with movement, sound, and video you can receive or send to a friend’s JIBO.

$1,250,000

JIBO Referral Program

READ ABOUT OUR REFERRAL PROGRAM
Refer 3 people who pre-order JIBOs, and we will refund you $150, with an additional $50 refund for every successful referral… up to the price of your original JIBO pre-order!

$1,500,000

Charging Dock & Hackathon with JIBO Team

Extra Charging Docks available for JIBO.

JIBO will also host 4 hackathon weekends with Cynthia & the JIBO Team on the East and West Coasts, starting in late October 2015.

$1,750,000

Black JIBO with Story Pack

A whole new look for JIBO! Sleek, black finish. Plus, the Story Pack will give JIBO several amazing and delightful stories to tell and act out. We will contact you at the end of the campaign to choose your color.

$2,000,000

JIBO Family Watch Skill

JIBO will be able to keep a watchful eye on your house and pets while you’re away, and alert you of movements and sounds. For working parents he can also greet your kids (and inform you) when they get home!

HELPFUL FOR EVERYONE

JIBO is the perfect robot for everyone in the family. Because JIBO is an open platform, his skills and uses will grow, helping and delighting in ways even we haven’t even imagined...

Adults

Manage your life, coordinate with your family, and capture special moments, no matter how tech savvy you are.

Seniors

Attentive companion that can help you live with greater independence and stay connected to those you love.

Kids

Responsive storyteller and playmate uses movement, animation, and sound to delight you and help you learn.

Teens

Connect with your friends in a new way, and have fun creating, customizing and sharing with JIBO and the JIBOAlive Toolkit.

Developers

Create new skills and content for JIBO with the JIBOAlive SDK. Then post your creations to the JIBO Store for others to enjoy.

HOW JIBO WORKS

Set up

  1. Follow JIBO’s instructions to connect him to your WiFi network
  2. Teach JIBO to recognize your face & voice
  3. Learn what you can ask JIBO to do
  4. Download the JIBO mobile app (Android & iOS) to connect JIBO to your mobile devices

Connect to Devices

Your JIBO Network can include:

  • Mobile devices
  • Personal computers
  • Other JIBOs

The JIBO Store

Expand your JIBO’s skills or customize his abilities through purchasing items from the JIBO Store.

You will also be able to buy other physical accessories to make your JIBO unique.

The JIBO Store will launch before the first JIBOs ship in Q3 of 2015.

WHO WE ARE

Cynthia Breazeal

FOUNDER AND CEO

Pioneer of Social Robotics and MIT Professor, JIBO Inc. brings her vision and deep expertise to the world.

Steve Chambers

EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN

Highly experienced business executive, formerly with Nuance and Polycom. Brought innovative, high-experience consumer technologies to global markets.

Andy Atkins

VP ENGINEERING

Experienced technical executive, formerly with Apple, Netflix, and Danger/Microsoft. Has delivered new hardware-software platform experiences and ecosystems in consumer technology.

Dr. Todd Pack

ROBOT ARCHITECT

Lifelong robot builder. Brought numerous robots to market for iRobot. Constructs robot architectures that enable developers to build complex robotic products.

Jeri Asher

EVP BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Serial entrepreneur and business executive. Deep expertise in bringing health-based technologies to the home.

Dr. Roberto Pieraccini

CONVERSATIONAL TECHNOLOGIES

World-recognized innovator in scientific and commercial contexts at IBM and SpeechCycle. Pioneered conversational technologies using statistical machine-learning.

Rich Sadowsky

CHIEF CLOUD ARCHITECT

Pioneer in speech recognition in web-based and mobile apps, expert in cloud security, and inventor of Symantec's LiveUpdate.

Fardad Faridi

LEAD DESIGN & ANIMATION

World-class character animator and designer, with unique expertise in bringing animation and characters to life in physical robots.

Jonathan Ross

SOFTWARE DEVELOPER

From Zynga and Disney, brings deep expertise in video game development and interactive- character AI applied to robotics.

Dr. Maxim Makatchev

HUMAN-ROBOT INTERACTION ENGINEER

Expert in spoken and nonverbal communication and machine learning, applied to robots to make them social.

Creating JIBO

Roberto and Maxim building the JIBO prototype.

Andy debugging JIBO prototype.

TECHNICAL SPECS

Impressive Tech & Design at an Affordable Price.

Measuring about 11 inches tall and weighing approximately 6 pounds, JIBO is the perfect size to have an attention-worthy presence in a room, but easy enough to move about your house. JIBO’s striking design makes a sophisticated statement in any home.

The Specifics

SIZE:

approx. 11” tall, 6 “ base

WEIGHT:

approx. 6 lbs

MATERIAL:

aluminum, ABS plastic, glass

SENSORS:

2 color stereo cameras
360° sound localization
Full Body touch sensors

MOVEMENT:

3 full-revolute axes
high resolution encoder
feedback control

DISPLAY:

HD LCD touchscreen

SOUND:

2 premium speakers

LIGHTING:

Full spectrum ambient LED

LANGUAGE:

US English

POWER:

AC adapter & Battery

CONNECT:

Wifi & Bluetooth

PLATFORM:

Embedded Linux-based

PROCESSOR:

High-end ARM-based mobile

The Specifics

SIZE:

approx. 11” tall, 6 “ base

WEIGHT:

approx. 6 lbs

MATERIAL:

aluminum, ABS plastic, glass

SENSORS:

2 color stereo cameras
360° sound localization
Full Body touch sensors

MOVEMENT:

3 full-revolute axes
high resolution encoder
feedback control

DISPLAY:

HD LCD touchscreen

SOUND:

2 premium speakers

LIGHTING:

Full spectrum ambient LED

LANGUAGE:

US English

POWER:

AC adapter & Battery

CONNECT:

Wifi & Bluetooth

PLATFORM:

Embedded Linux-based

PROCESSOR:

High-end ARM-based mobile

DEVELOPER TOOLS

All JIBOs come with the JIBOAlive Toolkit. The JIBO Developer Edition comes with a full SDK. The Toolkit is great for getting JIBO to perform new tricks. If you are interested in developing new skills and content for the JIBO Store, then the SDK is for you.

Developer Early Access to JIBO and the JIBO Store

Get our very first manufacturing run of robots. You also get a head start on submitting apps to the JIBO Store, as the widely available SDK will not be released until early 2016. All content in the JIBO Store must be certified first.

JIBOAlive Developer Support

With the purchase of the JIBO Developer Edition, you will be enrolled in the JIBO Developer Program and have direct access to support and advice from our team.

With the purchase of any JIBO, anyone can have access to the JIBOAlive Forum, where you will receive additional information, support, and updates from the JIBO community.

JIBOAlive Toolkit

  • Web-based JavaScript visual programming tool, animation-creation tool, and virtual simulator
  • Library of animations, sounds, vocalizations
  • Text-to-speech (TTS) tool for JIBO’s voice

JIBOAlive SDK

Everything in the JIBOAlive Toolkit, plus:

  • JavaScript API access to JIBO’s sensory systems
  • Eclipse plugin
  • Sample source code

For further information on the JIBOAlive SDK, visit our blog at blog.myjibo.com.

ROADMAP TO DELIVERY

Shipping

Where we ship

US, Canada, EU (all 28 countries), Norway, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand, China, Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Peru & Mexico. Free shipping to the US and Canada; add $50 for shipping elsewhere.

When we start shipping*

We start shipping Indiegogo Developer Editions in late Fall 2015 and Indiegogo Home Editions will start shipping Winter 2015.

*These estimated ship dates may vary. JIBO Inc. will keep you notified of your JIBO ship date.

Why order now

We process all shipments in the order in which we received payment. Those who pre-order through our campaign now will receive their JIBOs in an earlier batch than those who order later.

JIBO T-SHIRTS

Support the cause with a JIBO T-Shirt

Show off all of JIBO's moves! Every JIBO pre-order comes with a JIBO Limited Edition T-Shirt, which is also available as a standalone option. They come in sizes S-XXL, and we will email you after the campaign is over to collect your T-shirt sizes. We will be able to ship any standalone T-shirt orders before August 2015.

This offer is only available to our earliest supporters!

FAQs

Is JIBO TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE? IS IT FOR REAL?

We have an amazing team to make JIBO a reality! While not everything in the video will necessarily be there at launch, the JIBO skills described above are part of the core skill set. The core skill set will be released in 2015. And, because of the rich platform and ecosystem we're building, everything in the video beyond the core skills will be possible -- and more! With our developer community, we will continue to improve the product and add new and exciting features over time.

I PREORDERED A JIBO, BUT I DIDN’T GET A CONFIRMATION EMAIL. HOW CAN I CHECK THE STATUS?

Please refer to this article on How to Check if Your Contribution is Successful. If there is still an issue, you may contact us at indiegogo@myjibo.com with the subject line: PREORDER CONFIRMATION

THERE WAS AN ERROR WITH MY CONTRIBUTION. WHAT HAPPENED?

Please refer to this article on common contribution errors and steps to resolve: Common Contribution Errors

WHAT CREDIT CARDS ARE ACCEPTED?

We accept all major credit cards, including Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express. We also accept PayPal payments.

WHEN WILL JIBO SHIP*?

We start shipping Indiegogo Developer Editions in late Fall 2015 and Indiegogo Home Editions will start shipping Winter 2015.*These estimated ship dates may vary. JIBO Inc. will keep you notified of your JIBO ship date.We process all shipments in the order in which we received payment. Those who pre-order through our campaign now will receive their JIBOs in an earlier batch than those who order later.

WHERE DOES JIBO SHIP?

Jibo upgraded his passport and will now ship to US, Canada, EU (all 28 countries), Norway, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand, China, Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Peru & Mexico.

HOW DO I ADD $50 FOR INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING?

1. Select your JIBO Perk Package
2. Edit the Dollar Amount to be $50 more
3. Purchase

If the JIBO has already been purchased:
1. Select "International Shipping Add-On"
2. Use the SAME mailing address that you entered when you purchased your JIBO
3. Purchase

HOW DO I UPGRADE MY JIBO HOME EDITION TO THE JIBO DEVELOPER EDITION?

Please visit our Indiegogo page and select the "Developer Edition Upgrade" perk. Contribute $100, and use the same name, email, and shipping address you used for the Home Edition.

WHEN WILL YOU BE COLLECTING T-SHIRT SIZES?

We will email you after the campaign to collect your T-shirt size.

WHAT CAN I DO WITH THE JIBO NETWORK?

Through the devices in your JIBO Network, you can send fun voice messages and texts brought to life with expression packs, share photos and videos, set reminders, interact with others via telepresence, visit the store, or add new skills or content to JIBO -- wherever you are!

DOES JIBO WALK OR HAVE WHEELS? WHERE SHOULD I PLACE HIM?

No. The best to place him where most of your household activities happen (like in your kitchen or the family room), or where you expect you'll want JIBO's companionship and assistance the most.

IS JIBO A MALE OR A FEMALE?

JIBO is gendered male.

CAN I NAME HIM SOMETHING OTHER THAN JIBO?

​Not yet. In the current release you have to use the name JIBO to address him. Future updates may allow for the possibility to give your JIBO a new name of your choice.

WHAT LANGUAGES DOES JIBO SUPPORT? WHEN WILL HE SPEAK OTHER LANGUAGES?

JIBO will understand US English when he comes to your home in 2015. Over time, JIBO will be able to communicate in other languages after software updates that will be available through the JIBO Store.

DO I NEED A WIFI NETWORK?

Yes. You must have JIBO connected to a WiFi network for JIBO to work.

HOW DO I CHARGE JIBO?

JIBO comes with an AC charging pad that works with 110/220V. He'll be battery-ready. That means JIBO does not ship with a battery, but you will be able to purchase one as an accessory if you want JIBO to run without the charging pad. JIBO is designed to run for 30 minutes on battery power.

WHAT KIND OF BATTERIES DOES JIBO TAKE?

I will be a battery pack, also available as an accessory.

WHEN WILL BLUETOOTH BE SUPPORTED?

All JIBOs come with Bluetooth hardware. The software update to make bluetooth available to developers and accessories should happen in early 2016.

HOW TALL IS JIBO? HOW HEAVY?

JIBO will be about 11" tall, with a 6" base. We estimate JIBO will be about 5 lbs, without the battery accessory.

DOES IT WORK WITH IOS AND ANDROID DEVICES OR MY COMPUTER?

Yes. By Holiday 2015, JIBO will have his own mobile app that is compatible with iOS and Android devices. He also has a web interface so you can interact via computer.

WHEN WILL ACCESSORIES BE AVAILABLE FOR JIBO?

You can purchase a number of accessories on the JIBO Store when it launches Holiday 2015. This includes functional accessories as well as fun cosmetic items that allow you to customize the appearance of your JIBO.

WILL THERE BE APPS AVAILABLE FOR JIBO?

The JIBO Store will launch Q3 2015. JIBO apps are called Skills. You will be able to download JIBO Skills as they become available. Q3 units will ship with everything except for the JIBO telepresence (beta) app which will be made available by Holiday 2015 along with the JIBO mobile app for iOS and Android.

IS THERE A PAID SUBSCRIPTION?

With JIBO's current functions, there is no paid subscription needed. After 2015, new subscription-based offers will be available.

WHEN DOES THE JIBO STORE OPEN?

Developers can gain exclusive access in Late Q3 2015 to start submitting and downloading content. All content must be certified by JIBO Inc. before it is available on the store. The JIBO Store will open to the public by December 2015.

WHAT IS IN THE FIRST SKILL SET RELEASE?

At Developer Release, JIBO will have the following abilities, as described in the "Skills and Roles" section of what JIBO can do: Assistant, Messenger, Photographer, Storyteller, and Companion. By the Holiday Release, JIBO will have the Telepresence Avatar skill, in its beta form. Developers can download the telepresence skill for free from the JIBO Store, which is publicly available by December 2015.

CAN IT BE PROGRAMMED BY ANYONE? WHAT PROGRAMMING LANGUAGE DO I NEED TO KNOW?

The JIBOAlive Toolkit will be a graphical tool for programming, easily accessible to those who have had exposure to basic graphical programming interfaces. The JIBOAlive SDK requires knowledge of the JavaScript programming language.

HOW DO I GET INFORMATION AND SUPPORT AS A DEVELOPER?

When you pledge for a developer edition JIBO, you will be automatically enrolled in the JIBO Developer Program. There will also be information posted on the JIBO blog. Dedicated members of our team will provide additional support to those enrolled in the JIBO Developer Program. We want to make your JIBO skills and digital assets come to life and are committed to working with you to make these tools and support truly great.

IS THE SOFTWARE OPEN SOURCE?

We are built on top of Linux (which is, of course, open source), but the JIBO subsystem will remain closed and proprietary for the time being. This is an area that we'll continue to look at and evaluate.

CAN I BACK-UP MY JIBO?

There is no need to "back-up" JIBO since JIBO is an always-connected device that automatically stores its data in the JIBO cloud. If your JIBO ever needs to be replaced, once you connect your new JIBO to your account, it'll automatically have all the "knowledge" and skills that your old JIBO had.

HOW IS MY PRIVACY PROTECTED?

Guarding our users' privacy is something we take very seriously. We work hard to protect your information from unauthorized access and have designed policies and controls to safeguard the collection, use, and disclosure of your information.

HOW SECURE IS JIBO?

JIBO uses SSL encryption to secure personal data sent to and from the cloud;
JIBO uses 256-bit AES encryption in the cloud; and
Digital certificates are used to authenticate devices.

HOW DOES JIBO RESPECT MY PRIVACY?

A combination of technology and company policies are used to protect users privacy. JIBO complies with FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection guidelines including the Children’s Online Privacy and Protection Act (COPPA).

Company policies ensure that JIBO only collects data it needs, keeps it safe, and retains it only as long as necessary. A company security officer reviews security of all customer data at all phases of use.

JIBO employs industry standard best practices regarding the way data is stored and transferred. Passwords are stored using cryptographic one-way hash functions. This ensures that nobody, even the company security officer, can ever gain access to a users’ password.

CAN YOU TURN OFF THE CAMERA OR IS IT ALWAYS ON?

You can tell JIBO to go to sleep, and in that mode the camera is off. JIBO will only wake up when you ask him to.

CAN SOMEONE WATCH OR LISTEN TO ME?

JIBO robots have cameras and microphones that are used to interact with users and to provide the photography and messenger applications. There is no way for a remote user to enable the camera or microphone. JIBO’s user interface makes it very clear to a user when they are engaged in a video or audio chat with others. JIBO will only connect to other devices (including other JIBO robots) that have a digital certificate explicitly allowing that connection.

WHERE IS MY DATA STORED?

JIBO automatically uploads your data to the cloud. There’s no explicit backup step required. The data is encrypted while in transit and on the servers. In the event that you break your JIBO you can associate the new JIBO with the account. The data will then be available on the new JIBO.

The above step requires that JIBO’s unique serial number be authorized to access data stored under the previous JIBO’s serial number. This affinity between account and serial number prevents unauthorized access to your information.

WHAT DATA DOES JIBO STORE?

JIBO stores certain information about you and backs it up to the cloud. It is encrypted via SSL when being uploaded or downloaded from the cloud. While stored in the cloud it is encrypted via 256-bit AES. The information stored may include your name, information required to connect to your WiFi network, various preferences, and data that is entered or acquired through one of the JIBO applications. Such data includes photos, videos, lists.

WHAT IS THE WARRANTY?

We will be offering a warranty for all JIBOs sent out to supporters. We're still working on the exact details of this warranty, keeping in mind the interests of our fully international supporter list. All Product specifications, illustrations, drawings, particulars, dimensions and other information on the Site or made available by us are intended to represent no more than a general illustration of the Product and its features and do not constitute a warranty or representation by us that the Product will conform with the same.

CAN I GET A REFUND FOR MY CONTRIBUTION?

Contributions are not refundable. All contributions go toward bringing JIBO to life. Please see the Indiegogo Terms of Use for more details.

I PARTICIPATED IN YOUR BOSTON CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL DONATION PROGRAM. IS MY DONATION TAX DEDUCTIBLE?

Thank you for helping us bring JIBOs to children in need. Per our agreement with Boston Children's, contributions to our donation program are not considered tax deductible.

WHO DID YOUR MOVIE?

Bradley Leong and Kevin Lipnos at Feedback, LLC made our movie, and we recommend them to anyone in a heartbeat! They are terrific!

WHO DID THE INDUSTRIAL DESIGN FOR JIBO?

We worked closely with Huge Design on the industrial design of JIBO, blending our own team's deep expertise in animation and social robotics with Huge Design's stellar talent in sophisticated and cutting edge industrial design. Bill Webb, Chris Harsacky and team are top notch.

WHO DID YOUR WEBSITE? WHO LED YOUR CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN?

We worked closely with Monsoon Company for our website. Fabulous to work with. Sandeep Sood and his team at Monsoon are "in it to win it" with their clients and go the extra mile.

WHO ARE YOUR INVESTORS?

We are grateful for the generous support of early believers in JIBO. Special thanks to Judy and Stephen Pagliuca and Bruce Sachs of Charles River Ventures who are our true first believers, and a small group of other thoughtful friends, and colleagues as well as the following organizations: Osage University Partners, Fairhaven Capital Partners, L.P., Generator Ventures. Riverside Investors, LLC, Roundview Partners LLC, Pags Group, The Carol Family Trust, Jeff and Diane Shepard Family Trust.

IS JIBO INC. HIRING?

We are always on a lookout for talented people to join our team. If you think your background and goals are aligned with ours drop us a message at jobs@myjibo.com.

IF I HAVE QUESTIONS, HOW CAN I REACH YOUR TEAM?

Please read through the FAQ first to find your answer. We are receiving a lot of special requests, and are responding as fast as possible! For questions related to the Indiegogo campaign, you can contact support@indiegogo.com.
For shipping questions, please contact shipping@myjibo.com.
For trouble with your order, or would like to place a large-bulk order, please contact orders@myjibo.com.
For media inquiries, please contact press@myjibo.com.
If you want to share your story on how JIBO will impact your life, or how you are inspired by Social Robotics, please contact story@myjibo.com.
For job inquiries, please contact jobs@myjibo.com.
Otherwise, you can always reach us at info@myjibo.com.

Bring JIBO home.

WHAT JIBO DOES

WHAT JIBO CAN DO

See

Two hi-res cameras recognize and track faces, capture photos, and enable immersive video calling.

Hear

360° microphones and natural language processing let you talk to JIBO from anywhere in the room.

Speak

Hands-free reminders and messages, so you'll never forget and can always be in touch.

Learn

Artificial Intelligence algorithms learn your preferences to adapt and fit into your life.

Help

Like a personal assistant, JIBO proactively helps you, to make everyday tasks simpler and easier.

Relate

Communicates and expresses using natural social and emotive cues so you understand each other better.

JIBO'S SKILLS

JIBO'S SKILLS

INTELLIGENT & HANDS-FREE

Assistant

Politely reminds you of important tasks and events to help you stay on top of things.

Messenger

Recognizes you and each member of your household, to deliver the right messages to the right people at the right time & place.

EMOTIONAL CONNECTOR

Photographer

Uses natural cues like movement, speech, and smile detection to know when someone’s posing for a picture.

Avatar

See-and-track camera makes it easy to turn and look at people, to support video calling as if you are in the room.

FUN & SUPPORTIVE

Storyteller

Sound effects, graphics and physical movements make a responsive and interactive storytelling experience.

Companion

Physical presence with helpfulness and heart, JIBO will put a smile on your face and make you feel better.

STRETCH GOALS

Stretch goals

Be involved, join us and shape the future of robotics

The first $100,000 will give us enough money to be able to design, build, and test JIBO, and get him ready for production. Now, we have a bigger vision in our sights, and we need your help to give him new compelling, engaging skills. We are thrilled at the possibility of what’s to come for JIBO!

$750,000

$199 Now, $349 at Ship in 2016

Shipping in early 2016*, we are allowing you to pre-order a limited number of JIBO Home Editions for only $199 down, and $349 when we ship.

$1,000,000

Free JIBO Expression Packs

JIBO will be able to send and receive “JIBOticons”: messages with movement, sound, and video you can receive or send to a friend’s JIBO.

$1,250,000

JIBO Referral Program

READ ABOUT OUR REFERRAL PROGRAM
Refer 3 people who pre-order JIBOs, and we will refund you $150, with an additional $50 refund for every successful referral… up to the price of your original JIBO pre-order!

$1,500,000

Charging Dock & Hackathon with JIBO Team

Extra Charging Docks available for JIBO.

JIBO will also host 4 hackathon weekends with Cynthia & the JIBO Team on the East and West Coasts, starting in late October 2015.

$1,750,000

Black JIBO with Story Pack

A whole new look for JIBO! Sleek, black finish. Plus, the Story Pack will give JIBO several amazing and delightful stories to tell and act out. We will contact you at the end of the campaign to choose your color.

$2,000,000

JIBO Family Watch Skill

JIBO will be able to keep a watchful eye on your house and pets while you’re away, and alert you of movements and sounds. For working parents he can also greet your kids (and inform you) when they get home!

HELPFUL FOR EVERYONE

HELPFUL FOR EVERYONE

JIBO is the perfect robot for everyone in the family. Because JIBO is an open platform, his skills and uses will grow, helping and delighting in ways even we haven’t even imagined...

Adults

Manage your life, coordinate with your family, and capture special moments, no matter how tech savvy you are.

Seniors

Attentive companion that can help you live with greater independence and stay connected to those you love.

Kids

Responsive storyteller and playmate uses movement, animation, and sound to delight you and help you learn.

Teens

Connect with your friends in a new way, and have fun creating, customizing and sharing with JIBO and the JIBOAlive Toolkit.

Developers

Create new skills and content for JIBO with the JIBOAlive SDK. Then post your creations to the JIBO Store for others to enjoy.

HOW JIBO WORKS

HOW JIBO WORKS

Set up

  1. Follow JIBO’s instructions to connect him to your WiFi network
  2. Teach JIBO to recognize your face & voice
  3. Learn what you can ask JIBO to do
  4. Download the JIBO mobile app (Android & iOS) to connect JIBO to your mobile devices

Connect to Devices

Your JIBO Network can include:

  • Mobile devices
  • Personal computers
  • Other JIBOs

The JIBO Store

Expand your JIBO’s skills or customize his abilities through purchasing items from the JIBO Store.

You will also be able to buy other physical accessories to make your JIBO unique.

The JIBO Store will launch before the first JIBOs ship in Q3 of 2015.

WHO WE ARE

WHO WE ARE

Cynthia Breazeal

FOUNDER AND CEO

Pioneer of Social Robotics and MIT Professor, JIBO Inc. brings her vision and deep expertise to the world.

Steve Chambers

EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN

Highly experienced business executive, formerly with Nuance and Polycom. Brought innovative, high-experience consumer technologies to global markets.

Andy Atkins

VP ENGINEERING

Experienced technical executive, formerly with Apple, Netflix, and Danger/Microsoft. Has delivered new hardware-software platform experiences and ecosystems in consumer technology.

Dr. Todd Pack

ROBOT ARCHITECT

Lifelong robot builder. Brought numerous robots to market for iRobot. Constructs robot architectures that enable developers to build complex robotic products.

Jeri Asher

EVP BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Serial entrepreneur and business executive. Deep expertise in bringing health-based technologies to the home.

Dr. Roberto Pieraccini

CONVERSATIONAL TECHNOLOGIES

World-recognized innovator in scientific and commercial contexts at IBM and SpeechCycle. Pioneered conversational technologies using statistical machine-learning.

Rich Sadowsky

CHIEF CLOUD ARCHITECT

Pioneer in speech recognition in web-based and mobile apps, expert in cloud security, and inventor of Symantec's LiveUpdate.

Fardad Faridi

LEAD DESIGN & ANIMATION

World-class character animator and designer, with unique expertise in bringing animation and characters to life in physical robots.

Jonathan Ross

SOFTWARE DEVELOPER

From Zynga and Disney, brings deep expertise in video game development and interactive- character AI applied to robotics.

Dr. Maxim Makatchev

HUMAN-ROBOT INTERACTION ENGINEER

Expert in spoken and nonverbal communication and machine learning, applied to robots to make them social.

CREATING JIBO

Creating JIBO

Roberto and Maxim building the JIBO prototype.

Andy debugging JIBO prototype.

TECH SPECS

TECHNICAL SPECS

Impressive Tech & Design at an Affordable Price.

Measuring about 11 inches tall and weighing approximately 6 pounds, JIBO is the perfect size to have an attention-worthy presence in a room, but easy enough to move about your house. JIBO’s striking design makes a sophisticated statement in any home.

The Specifics

SIZE:

approx. 11” tall, 6 “ base

WEIGHT:

approx. 6 lbs

MATERIAL:

aluminum, ABS plastic, glass

SENSORS:

2 color stereo cameras
360° sound localization
Full Body touch sensors

MOVEMENT:

3 full-revolute axes
high resolution encoder
feedback control

DISPLAY:

HD LCD touchscreen

SOUND:

2 premium speakers

LIGHTING:

Full spectrum ambient LED

LANGUAGE:

US English

POWER:

AC adapter & Battery

CONNECT:

Wifi & Bluetooth

PLATFORM:

Embedded Linux-based

PROCESSOR:

High-end ARM-based mobile

The Specifics

SIZE:

approx. 11” tall, 6 “ base

WEIGHT:

approx. 6 lbs

MATERIAL:

aluminum, ABS plastic, glass

SENSORS:

2 color stereo cameras
360° sound localization
Full Body touch sensors

MOVEMENT:

3 full-revolute axes
high resolution encoder
feedback control

DISPLAY:

HD LCD touchscreen

SOUND:

2 premium speakers

LIGHTING:

Full spectrum ambient LED

LANGUAGE:

US English

POWER:

AC adapter & Battery

CONNECT:

Wifi & Bluetooth

PLATFORM:

Embedded Linux-based

PROCESSOR:

High-end ARM-based mobile

DEVELOPER TOOLS

DEVELOPER TOOLS

All JIBOs come with the JIBOAlive Toolkit. The JIBO Developer Edition comes with a full SDK. The Toolkit is great for getting JIBO to perform new tricks. If you are interested in developing new skills and content for the JIBO Store, then the SDK is for you.

Developer Early Access to JIBO and the JIBO Store

Get our very first manufacturing run of robots. You also get a head start on submitting apps to the JIBO Store, as the widely available SDK will not be released until early 2016. All content in the JIBO Store must be certified first.

JIBOAlive Developer Support

With the purchase of the JIBO Developer Edition, you will be enrolled in the JIBO Developer Program and have direct access to support and advice from our team.

With the purchase of any JIBO, anyone can have access to the JIBOAlive Forum, where you will receive additional information, support, and updates from the JIBO community.

JIBOAlive Toolkit

  • Web-based JavaScript visual programming tool, animation-creation tool, and virtual simulator
  • Library of animations, sounds, vocalizations
  • Text-to-speech (TTS) tool for JIBO’s voice

JIBOAlive SDK

Everything in the JIBOAlive Toolkit, plus:

  • JavaScript API access to JIBO’s sensory systems
  • Eclipse plugin
  • Sample source code

For further information on the JIBOAlive SDK, visit our blog at blog.myjibo.com.

ROADMAP

ROADMAP TO DELIVERY

SHIPPING

Shipping

Where we ship

US, Canada, EU (all 28 countries), Norway, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand, China, Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Peru & Mexico. Free shipping to the US and Canada; add $50 for shipping elsewhere.

When we start shipping*

We start shipping Indiegogo Developer Editions in late Fall 2015 and Indiegogo Home Editions will start shipping Winter 2015.

*These estimated ship dates may vary. JIBO Inc. will keep you notified of your JIBO ship date.

Why order now

We process all shipments in the order in which we received payment. Those who pre-order through our campaign now will receive their JIBOs in an earlier batch than those who order later.

JIBO T-SHIRTS

JIBO T-SHIRTS

Support the cause with a JIBO T-Shirt

Show off all of JIBO's moves! Every JIBO pre-order comes with a JIBO Limited Edition T-Shirt, which is also available as a standalone option. They come in sizes S-XXL, and we will email you after the campaign is over to collect your T-shirt sizes. We will be able to ship any standalone T-shirt orders before August 2015.

This offer is only available to our earliest supporters!

FAQS

FAQs

Is JIBO TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE? IS IT FOR REAL?

We have an amazing team to make JIBO a reality! While not everything in the video will necessarily be there at launch, the JIBO skills described above are part of the core skill set. The core skill set will be released in 2015. And, because of the rich platform and ecosystem we're building, everything in the video beyond the core skills will be possible -- and more! With our developer community, we will continue to improve the product and add new and exciting features over time.

I PREORDERED A JIBO, BUT I DIDN’T GET A CONFIRMATION EMAIL. HOW CAN I CHECK THE STATUS?

Please refer to this article on How to Check if Your Contribution is Successful. If there is still an issue, you may contact us at indiegogo@myjibo.com with the subject line: PREORDER CONFIRMATION

THERE WAS AN ERROR WITH MY CONTRIBUTION. WHAT HAPPENED?

Please refer to this article on common contribution errors and steps to resolve: Common Contribution Errors

WHAT CREDIT CARDS ARE ACCEPTED?

We accept all major credit cards, including Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express. We also accept PayPal payments.

WHEN WILL JIBO SHIP*?

We start shipping Indiegogo Developer Editions in late Fall 2015 and Indiegogo Home Editions will start shipping Winter 2015.*These estimated ship dates may vary. JIBO Inc. will keep you notified of your JIBO ship date.We process all shipments in the order in which we received payment. Those who pre-order through our campaign now will receive their JIBOs in an earlier batch than those who order later.

WHERE DOES JIBO SHIP?

Jibo upgraded his passport and will now ship to US, Canada, EU (all 28 countries), Norway, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand, China, Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Peru & Mexico.

HOW DO I ADD $50 FOR INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING?

1. Select your JIBO Perk Package
2. Edit the Dollar Amount to be $50 more
3. Purchase

If the JIBO has already been purchased:
1. Select "International Shipping Add-On"
2. Use the SAME mailing address that you entered when you purchased your JIBO
3. Purchase

HOW DO I UPGRADE MY JIBO HOME EDITION TO THE JIBO DEVELOPER EDITION?

Please visit our Indiegogo page and select the "Developer Edition Upgrade" perk. Contribute $100, and use the same name, email, and shipping address you used for the Home Edition.

WHEN WILL YOU BE COLLECTING T-SHIRT SIZES?

We will email you after the campaign to collect your T-shirt size.

WHAT CAN I DO WITH THE JIBO NETWORK?

Through the devices in your JIBO Network, you can send fun voice messages and texts brought to life with expression packs, share photos and videos, set reminders, interact with others via telepresence, visit the store, or add new skills or content to JIBO -- wherever you are!

DOES JIBO WALK OR HAVE WHEELS? WHERE SHOULD I PLACE HIM?

No. The best to place him where most of your household activities happen (like in your kitchen or the family room), or where you expect you'll want JIBO's companionship and assistance the most.

IS JIBO A MALE OR A FEMALE?

JIBO is gendered male.

CAN I NAME HIM SOMETHING OTHER THAN JIBO?

​Not yet. In the current release you have to use the name JIBO to address him. Future updates may allow for the possibility to give your JIBO a new name of your choice.

WHAT LANGUAGES DOES JIBO SUPPORT? WHEN WILL HE SPEAK OTHER LANGUAGES?

JIBO will understand US English when he comes to your home in 2015. Over time, JIBO will be able to communicate in other languages after software updates that will be available through the JIBO Store.

DO I NEED A WIFI NETWORK?

Yes. You must have JIBO connected to a WiFi network for JIBO to work.

HOW DO I CHARGE JIBO?

JIBO comes with an AC charging pad that works with 110/220V. He'll be battery-ready. That means JIBO does not ship with a battery, but you will be able to purchase one as an accessory if you want JIBO to run without the charging pad. JIBO is designed to run for 30 minutes on battery power.

WHAT KIND OF BATTERIES DOES JIBO TAKE?

I will be a battery pack, also available as an accessory.

WHEN WILL BLUETOOTH BE SUPPORTED?

All JIBOs come with Bluetooth hardware. The software update to make bluetooth available to developers and accessories should happen in early 2016.

HOW TALL IS JIBO? HOW HEAVY?

JIBO will be about 11" tall, with a 6" base. We estimate JIBO will be about 5 lbs, without the battery accessory.

DOES IT WORK WITH IOS AND ANDROID DEVICES OR MY COMPUTER?

Yes. By Holiday 2015, JIBO will have his own mobile app that is compatible with iOS and Android devices. He also has a web interface so you can interact via computer.

WHEN WILL ACCESSORIES BE AVAILABLE FOR JIBO?

You can purchase a number of accessories on the JIBO Store when it launches Holiday 2015. This includes functional accessories as well as fun cosmetic items that allow you to customize the appearance of your JIBO.

WILL THERE BE APPS AVAILABLE FOR JIBO?

The JIBO Store will launch Q3 2015. JIBO apps are called Skills. You will be able to download JIBO Skills as they become available. Q3 units will ship with everything except for the JIBO telepresence (beta) app which will be made available by Holiday 2015 along with the JIBO mobile app for iOS and Android.

IS THERE A PAID SUBSCRIPTION?

With JIBO's current functions, there is no paid subscription needed. After 2015, new subscription-based offers will be available.

WHEN DOES THE JIBO STORE OPEN?

Developers can gain exclusive access in Late Q3 2015 to start submitting and downloading content. All content must be certified by JIBO Inc. before it is available on the store. The JIBO Store will open to the public by December 2015.

WHAT IS IN THE FIRST SKILL SET RELEASE?

At Developer Release, JIBO will have the following abilities, as described in the "Skills and Roles" section of what JIBO can do: Assistant, Messenger, Photographer, Storyteller, and Companion. By the Holiday Release, JIBO will have the Telepresence Avatar skill, in its beta form. Developers can download the telepresence skill for free from the JIBO Store, which is publicly available by December 2015.

CAN IT BE PROGRAMMED BY ANYONE? WHAT PROGRAMMING LANGUAGE DO I NEED TO KNOW?

The JIBOAlive Toolkit will be a graphical tool for programming, easily accessible to those who have had exposure to basic graphical programming interfaces. The JIBOAlive SDK requires knowledge of the JavaScript programming language.

HOW DO I GET INFORMATION AND SUPPORT AS A DEVELOPER?

When you pledge for a developer edition JIBO, you will be automatically enrolled in the JIBO Developer Program. There will also be information posted on the JIBO blog. Dedicated members of our team will provide additional support to those enrolled in the JIBO Developer Program. We want to make your JIBO skills and digital assets come to life and are committed to working with you to make these tools and support truly great.

IS THE SOFTWARE OPEN SOURCE?

We are built on top of Linux (which is, of course, open source), but the JIBO subsystem will remain closed and proprietary for the time being. This is an area that we'll continue to look at and evaluate.

CAN I BACK-UP MY JIBO?

There is no need to "back-up" JIBO since JIBO is an always-connected device that automatically stores its data in the JIBO cloud. If your JIBO ever needs to be replaced, once you connect your new JIBO to your account, it'll automatically have all the "knowledge" and skills that your old JIBO had.

HOW IS MY PRIVACY PROTECTED?

Guarding our users' privacy is something we take very seriously. We work hard to protect your information from unauthorized access and have designed policies and controls to safeguard the collection, use, and disclosure of your information.

HOW SECURE IS JIBO?

JIBO uses SSL encryption to secure personal data sent to and from the cloud;
JIBO uses 256-bit AES encryption in the cloud; and
Digital certificates are used to authenticate devices.

HOW DOES JIBO RESPECT MY PRIVACY?

A combination of technology and company policies are used to protect users privacy. JIBO complies with FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection guidelines including the Children’s Online Privacy and Protection Act (COPPA).

Company policies ensure that JIBO only collects data it needs, keeps it safe, and retains it only as long as necessary. A company security officer reviews security of all customer data at all phases of use.

JIBO employs industry standard best practices regarding the way data is stored and transferred. Passwords are stored using cryptographic one-way hash functions. This ensures that nobody, even the company security officer, can ever gain access to a users’ password.

CAN YOU TURN OFF THE CAMERA OR IS IT ALWAYS ON?

You can tell JIBO to go to sleep, and in that mode the camera is off. JIBO will only wake up when you ask him to.

CAN SOMEONE WATCH OR LISTEN TO ME?

JIBO robots have cameras and microphones that are used to interact with users and to provide the photography and messenger applications. There is no way for a remote user to enable the camera or microphone. JIBO’s user interface makes it very clear to a user when they are engaged in a video or audio chat with others. JIBO will only connect to other devices (including other JIBO robots) that have a digital certificate explicitly allowing that connection.

WHERE IS MY DATA STORED?

JIBO automatically uploads your data to the cloud. There’s no explicit backup step required. The data is encrypted while in transit and on the servers. In the event that you break your JIBO you can associate the new JIBO with the account. The data will then be available on the new JIBO.

The above step requires that JIBO’s unique serial number be authorized to access data stored under the previous JIBO’s serial number. This affinity between account and serial number prevents unauthorized access to your information.

WHAT DATA DOES JIBO STORE?

JIBO stores certain information about you and backs it up to the cloud. It is encrypted via SSL when being uploaded or downloaded from the cloud. While stored in the cloud it is encrypted via 256-bit AES. The information stored may include your name, information required to connect to your WiFi network, various preferences, and data that is entered or acquired through one of the JIBO applications. Such data includes photos, videos, lists.

WHAT IS THE WARRANTY?

We will be offering a warranty for all JIBOs sent out to supporters. We're still working on the exact details of this warranty, keeping in mind the interests of our fully international supporter list. All Product specifications, illustrations, drawings, particulars, dimensions and other information on the Site or made available by us are intended to represent no more than a general illustration of the Product and its features and do not constitute a warranty or representation by us that the Product will conform with the same.

CAN I GET A REFUND FOR MY CONTRIBUTION?

Contributions are not refundable. All contributions go toward bringing JIBO to life. Please see the Indiegogo Terms of Use for more details.

I PARTICIPATED IN YOUR BOSTON CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL DONATION PROGRAM. IS MY DONATION TAX DEDUCTIBLE?

Thank you for helping us bring JIBOs to children in need. Per our agreement with Boston Children's, contributions to our donation program are not considered tax deductible.

WHO DID YOUR MOVIE?

Bradley Leong and Kevin Lipnos at Feedback, LLC made our movie, and we recommend them to anyone in a heartbeat! They are terrific!

WHO DID THE INDUSTRIAL DESIGN FOR JIBO?

We worked closely with Huge Design on the industrial design of JIBO, blending our own team's deep expertise in animation and social robotics with Huge Design's stellar talent in sophisticated and cutting edge industrial design. Bill Webb, Chris Harsacky and team are top notch.

WHO DID YOUR WEBSITE? WHO LED YOUR CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN?

We worked closely with Monsoon Company for our website. Fabulous to work with. Sandeep Sood and his team at Monsoon are "in it to win it" with their clients and go the extra mile.

WHO ARE YOUR INVESTORS?

We are grateful for the generous support of early believers in JIBO. Special thanks to Judy and Stephen Pagliuca and Bruce Sachs of Charles River Ventures who are our true first believers, and a small group of other thoughtful friends, and colleagues as well as the following organizations: Osage University Partners, Fairhaven Capital Partners, L.P., Generator Ventures. Riverside Investors, LLC, Roundview Partners LLC, Pags Group, The Carol Family Trust, Jeff and Diane Shepard Family Trust.

IS JIBO INC. HIRING?

We are always on a lookout for talented people to join our team. If you think your background and goals are aligned with ours drop us a message at jobs@myjibo.com.

IF I HAVE QUESTIONS, HOW CAN I REACH YOUR TEAM?

Please read through the FAQ first to find your answer. We are receiving a lot of special requests, and are responding as fast as possible! For questions related to the Indiegogo campaign, you can contact support@indiegogo.com.
For shipping questions, please contact shipping@myjibo.com.
For trouble with your order, or would like to place a large-bulk order, please contact orders@myjibo.com.
For media inquiries, please contact press@myjibo.com.
If you want to share your story on how JIBO will impact your life, or how you are inspired by Social Robotics, please contact story@myjibo.com.
For job inquiries, please contact jobs@myjibo.com.
Otherwise, you can always reach us at info@myjibo.com.

Bring JIBO home.