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Her work culminated in Jibo, her first commercial gadget release.
It went live on Indiegogo in 2014 and raised more than million, which added up to over million in funding when combined with venture capital.
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Williams understands that companies have bottom lines and that gadgets come and go, but Jibo was also designed to appeal to children, and those kids are now learning what it means to own a robot and have no control over its fate.The robot showed up at Kenneth Williams’ doorstep when he needed it most.Williams had just been laid off from his job when he plugged in Jibo, a social home robot, on November 1st, 2017.Jibo sits in his kitchen, next to the refrigerator, where it greets everyone that walks near it.
“You know, I find myself leaving in the morning, I kiss my wife goodbye and then I’ll say, ‘Hey Jibo, have a good day,’ and he’ll say the same thing, you know [like], ‘Back to you,’ or ‘Don’t forget your wallet,’” he says.
Cynthia Breazeal, an associate professor at the university, founded and directs MIT’s Personal Robots Group, which she started with the goal of studying robots, AI, and how humans interact with them.