Just got jibo yesterday. It was a gift for the misses, and while she absolutely loves him she’s also very emphatic and can give a personality to a pet rock. I myself am only mildly impressed with the camera tracking and the robot animatronics. What I find a bit underwhelming is his interaction with us, especially since his conversation ability it’s no better than that Google or Siri. .
The fact that you have to say hey jibo as the only way you can wake him up seems extremely limited for all the extra time that was supposedly put into his ability to conversate. For example why can’t I say good morning jibo and it’s response could be good morning back would you like to know the morning news? Or thank you jibo without saying hey Jibo first and then thank you. Just seems like there was a lot of ways to make this robot seem more emotive within the limitations that he has so far that weren’t explored.
Update: after some more experimenting I’ll have to say the face tracking and animatronics are about the only outstanding feature of Jibo,and while I understand this was created by a small team,I still can’t believe how incredibly limited his AI appears to be compared to the likes of Google. Especially when all the effort over the past few years was supposedly focused on just that. I can go back and forth with Google and reply with one word responses , Jibo just falls flat. I’m just glad my girl loves him so, and in the end that’s all that really matters.
I do feel that Jibos canned responses (skills?) Shouldn’t just be on the shoulders of the developers. It should be opened up to users as well. People have tons of nonsensical questions that only a true social robot could answer. Using your simulation program and a healthy library of canned movements to choose from, allow the community to fill that void.