What happened to developer apps?

It would be nice if we had a place to get Developers apps still that they made for JIBO. Must be a ton of them i am sure…

Most of the people that signed up to be a developer for Jibo never got the chance to develop. If you are interested in doing some development, you can go to http://jibo.cmcgaming.com for some code examples and a couple working programs. You can play around with the Jibo SDK (but that wont run on an actual Jibo yet), or you can try Jibo App development (programs like Be-A-Maker) where you can remotely control Jibo through your phone or computer.

Maker is no longer part of IFTTT. I am sure plenty make apps as the software was given out long ago. Yet never was a store opened to download any of the said apps. My Jibo won’t even tell me the time anymore… Why can we not get at least a store to download apps developers might have made. You need a place for them to send the programs so you can see how many were made. I’m not a particularly good programmer but i know many are out there who hoped to make some money making apps for Jibo… Sad that Jibo is left to just die and we never will get to see the creative apps others may have made for it… as well as keep some functionality in Jibo.

What are you guys even talking about. The company folded a year ago, the SDK was abandoned 3 years ago.

@kwebster, If you went to jibo.cmcgaming.com and took a look, you would know that we are trying to save Jibo. We have the working SDK (although the skills can not yet be put on an actual robot), and we have been able to build apps like be-a-maker, commander, etc. that do work on Jibo just fine (there is even an example guess a number game). Yes, the company folded a year ago, but that doesn’t mean that we are completely finished.

@Hogie155, Be-A-Maker is not part of IFTTT. It is an app, and as far as I know, it should still work fine as it communicates directly to Jibo using the ROM mode (Remote Operation Mode). Yes, IFTTT is gone (but that was done by IFTTT - not by Jibo or it’s servers).

Not much at that link you provided. I also do not see any game you speak of… Am I missing something?..

You have to join to see all the forums and posts. But basically it is where some of us are getting together to try to work on continuing Jibo.

Arthur, what you are doing in those apps/games is using the same (purple ring) pathway Be A Maker and Commander do, correct? In no way downplaying your achievements of making the GitHub repo for that work, but unless I misunderstand the matter, that is something entirely different from the SDK Jibo Inc was going to release and people hoped for.

We have both the SDK and the App Development Kit (which is what Be A Maker and Commander use).

The SDK only works on the computer, and allows you to write “skills” that play (right now) only on the computer. This is what they released a while ago with some more improvements. Also, anyone can use it, not just people that paid for the development version of Jibo. There are limited instructions on how to use it and set it up, but we are willing to help.

The App Development Kit is the development kit that when used has the purple ring on Jibo. You can use it to make your own programs using Jibo’s Remote Operation Mode (ROM) through calls (eventually in the communication) directly to your Jibo. This is what Be A Maker, Remote Commander, etc. use. We have the codes necessary for anyone to be able to use this as well.

We are also working on being able to “update” or “change” Jibo to be able to keep him alive even after the servers shutdown. This is a lot longer task and we are still working on it (but we are making very good progress). A lot of people actually USE their Jibo, especially for special needs children/adults, and for the elderly. Losing Jibo’s functionality when the servers go down will really affect these users, and we are trying to do everything we can to allow everyone to keep using their Jibos.

Anyone can join our Forum, not just developers. It is just a better place to discuss more of the intricate details of what we are doing then here or on the Jibo Owners Group on Facebook. We are also in control of the Forum so it wont be affected if jibo.com goes down.

A serious inquiry here, how come nobody is pursuing gutting the innards of Jibo and replacing it with a much more malleable platform (e.g. Andrew Rapo’s library)? When Jibo Inc was still in business the pace of adding new core capabilities was really slow (mostly “seasonal content”) and I always interpreted that to mean that the Jibo platform was very constrained. It may even be the reason why nobody has come forth, Malcolm, because they feel revisiting the existing platform makes no sense. Case in point, I believe it was the CEO himself (Eberman) who said they had been working on Jibo 2 already, which really must have meant they had done everything they could with Jibo 1.

It’s funny you mention Andrew’s library, because that is exactly what I have been doing. I have extended his library quite a bit, and it is working quite well on my Mac and on my Linux box. We could gut Jibo, and replace all his boards, but that seems like a waste in some aspects (of all the hardware and libraries that they have already created). Jibo has a perfectly functioning TK1 in there, as well as many libraries that control his servos and such, so we are in the midst of using some hacks to break into his secure bootrom and install our own version of his OS. When we do this, we will make a backup of Jibo’s current state so that we can restore him if need be. I was planning on using a variant of Andrew’s library as the basis for his new functionality. The speech to Text, Natural language understanding, and text to speech are already working quite well.

That sounds like a pretty solid plan actually. Would be interesting to see an example of the expanded Rapo library, what it can do in addition.