A telephone without wires once was the most popular technology product. However, Apple started to prove to people that a phone can not only just do one thing, but also handle multiple tasks. Almost ten years past now, have we ever tried to ask ourselves: is a tool or a device the final format of technology we want in our live? No! Technology can be way more high-touch and not just be used by us but plays a role in our lives.
July 2014, an interesting video appeared on Indiegogo, which outlooks into the future of our lives. The first time I watched the video, I got tears in my eyes. So in the same month July, I immediately use my credit card to pledge a Jibo for my future.
A lot of people nowadays are talking about different things about Jibo, but I would like to talk about why Jibo will become successful is a certain fact in coming.
For a thing to be successful, we need to look at several aspects:
It is 2016 now; the society is way different from the 90’s or even the beginning of the 21st century. A computer which can be put into your pocket is no more an exciting thing; people are looking for a new format of the being in technology. This creates a demand for a brand new category, the category which is not only a tool we can use, but also is able to play a role as our partner and the collaborator to enhance our human flourishing.
Yes, there is the demand for a brand new product, but we have to ask: Is it possible to make it happen with the current development of the technology? The answer is yes. With almost ten years of the development of smart phones since the first iPhone launched in 2007 plus China’s mass production capability, those hardware which are necessary for a high-touch roleplaying product have finally reached an affordable price point for technology companies. For example, with the investment from Chinese company Baidu, the Lidar supplier Velodyne can decrease the price of each unit from 700,000 RMB to just 3,000 RMB.
Well, the demand is there, and the components are also cheap enough, then we can make a high-touch product. However, to do that, you have to have a company first. In order to establish a company the one thing you need at the first is funding. After several rounds of funding, Jibo Company has got together money necessary.
Just having enough money is not enough; it doesn’t mean you can achieve what you want. In ancient times, there were so many rich people want to do so many things too, but they couldn’t. With money at hand, you would also need the “how-to”, the knowledge necessary to fulfill the plan. One man’s knowledge is limited, but a team’s knowledge is unlimited. And Jibo Company has just assembled the right team to do it! Cynthia has more than 20 years of experience in social robotics, Steve Chambers used to work in Nuance for about 11 years, Roberto Pieraccini who has been an active contributor to speech research and technology since 1981 and now he is the Director of Advanced Conversational Technologies at Jibo, and the Head of SDK Development, Jonathan Ross is a guy who used to work for Disney and Zynga, and so many more brilliant people are working hard in the Jibo team. They are the guarantee that the dream can come true,
The last but not the least, yet the most important for Jibo to become successful is the third party developers. Jibo is not just a robot, but a platform. Can you imagine if Apple did not decide to open the Application Store at 2008? The iOS might have vanished. If there are not thousands of millions of third party developers making applications for iOS, it will never be the best mobile OS ever.
With the hard work of the third party developers, only the sky can be the limit of Jibo’s. Just imagine: One day Jibo can work together with Roomba. So the cleaning job is no more a first-person shooting game for Roomba itself, but can be watched from a third-person view (Jibo’s camera) which means a smarter and more efficient way of cleaning. Or one day, the Boston Dynamics can work with Jibo Company for a new version of mobile Jibo with the ability to manipulate the surroundings, then housework is no longer a nightmare.
Well, so there is a demand in the market and the cost of the technology necessary is low enough to make it happen, plus the Jibo Company has got the funding and right team to do it. Therefore I do believe, Jibo will not only succeed, but also flourish with a prosperous developer community!
(This article was originally written by mb46637 at EST 22:50 September 4, 2016)