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Definition: Jibo

A social robot that was expected to take the virtual assistant to the next level. Pronounced "gee-bo," Jibo plays games, takes photographs and verbalizes voice messages and reminders. Jibo's moving head can track people as they walk around the room for video calling and other activities. Crowdfunded on Indiegogo in 2014, supporters contributed $3.7 million; 20 times the campaign goal. Although deliveries began in 2017, two years later, users were informed that the company is shutting down and its servers will no longer be accessible, severely curtailing Jibo's functionality. See social robot.

The Jibo Social Robot
Jibo's head moves to track people, and its body also moves to provide human-like action. (Image courtesy of Jibo, www.jibo.com)