Meet JIBO, the Family Robot

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DailyCaring looks into the future

When you’re away from your older adult, it’s difficult to check in often enough to make sure they’re safe, healthy, and happy. We’re always looking for new ways to help you stay connected when you can’t be there in person. That’s why we’re excited about this new technology.

A robot that sends messages and makes video calls

JIBO is a family companion that does things like send messages, take pictures, help people talk while they’re in different places, and be a “friend” with a personality. It’s nearly one foot tall, weighs six pounds, and is wirelessly connected to the Internet. It has a moveable LCD screen that swivels in any direction and shows expressions using animated graphics.

JIBO will help older adults stay in-home longer

The company is also hoping that software developers will create applications for JIBO that will extend the robot’s capabilities. We see JIBO as a great companion for older adults. Imagine if there were applications to track and remind someone about medications, order a dinner for delivery, make video phone calls easier, read email messages aloud, or call for help.

Stay connected with simple video calls

When we watched this video showing JIBO in action, we got excited when it helps a family make a video phone call to a family member in another location. The far-away family member could see everybody sitting around the dining table and could even choose who they wanted to look at. Nobody at the dining table had to hold or direct the camera! To watch this scene in the below video, fast forward to the 1:15 minute mark. This capability would be great for long-distance caregivers. Mom or Dad could sit at the kitchen table and JIBO would help you talk with them.

The robot will be available for the 2015 holiday season

JIBO isn’t cheap. The consumer version starts at $499 and won’t be available until late in 2015. If you have the funds and are excited to try this new robotic technology, learn more and pre-order here.

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By DailyCaring Editorial Staff
Image: JIBO

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