We all know robots will one day run our governments and fight our wars. But when will they remind us to buy Windex and read us bedtime stories?
Meet Jibo ($599), an 11-inch-tall “family robot” that looks like a mix between WALL-E and a humidifier.
Think of Jibo (currently available for preorder and set to ship in April 2016) as Siri with more physical capabilities and a nicer demeanor. Basically, he’s designed to sit on a table and do various voice-activated tasks. He can look up movie times and then buy your tickets. He can keep your calendar and remind you to call your brother. But he can also use facial recognition to know when to nudge you versus your husband. And he can even read stories to your kids and predict your daily desires. “Shall I order Chinese takeout again, Cindy?” he might inquire.
I’ve pre-ordered mine, will you?