TERRIBLE $900 Party Trick – Jibo Review


In July 2014, man did not yet know the dangers of backing just any random Kickstarter or IndieGoGo campaign, and swimming in childlike naivety and blind optimism over 2500 people backed Jibo. A social robot companion that the creators, Jibo Inc, promised would do everything from making video calls to reading bedtime stories. And this was long before the Google assistant or Amazon echo existed. Now, for my part, it was pretty obvious that Jibo was too ambitious to be anything but an enormous belly flop onto a bed of hot coals. But coming off of the success of my then recent flaying of the Brunton Hydrogen Reactor, I was looking for a way to up the ante. I was looking for something even dumber to roast, so I bought one. Three and a half years later… My very own Jibo finally showed up. Was it worth the wait? Was it worth nine hundred US dollars? Of course not. Don’t be a Jibo. This video was brought to you by Be Quiet. The Dark Bass 700 is extremely versatile and features RGB LED lighting, plus a Tempered Glass side panel window, and more. Check it out at the link below. Laslo – Supernova Hey Jibo… Return to sender! Looks-wise Jibo is kind of like the illegitimate love child of Pixar’s Luxo Jr. And Eva from Wall-E He, and Jibo is a HE, stands 11 inches tall, (27.94 Centimeters) with a glossy plastic finish on a body that is essentially a stack of rotating blocks that allows him to move with, “Hey Jibo, spin around.” “Don’t mind if I do.” ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) Amazing naturalness! This is something that the team there did really well, and as you can see his movements are fluid, nearly silent, and made even more lifelike by his awareness of his environment. (snapping a dozen times) Jibo is equipped with six microphones that he uses to orient his face toward you when you speak to him. And we’ve even seen him turn towards the sound of an opening door to see who entered the room with the two cameras at the top of his face. One of them is for taking photos, and the other is for depth perception and facial recognition. Yes. Facial recognition! Jibo can be trained to recognize up to
15 people, casually including their names in his responses, wishing them Happy Birthday or randomly interrupting their lives to rattle off a fun little fact. Sometimes it really does feel like he’s looking at you! which makes it all the more troubling that there is no way to disable his microphones or cameras other than just shutting him down. Which you do by scrolling to the settings on the touchscreen portion of his face, that tragically isn’t OLED, giving it a gray glow that leads many people to see his face as: – Two beady little eyes, and a giant mouth, rather than as a single darting and blinking eyeball.
– IMMA FIRIN MAH LAZAH! BAAAH! One surprising feature is that he has an onboard battery so you or the kids can unplug him and plop him down wherever you might need him. Nice! ( ͡°ꔢ ͡°) Okay, but what could you actually need your, chubby robo buddy for? Well, compared to other smart speakers like Google home and Amazon echo, shockingly little. Jibo can’t play a YouTube video, or a song from Spotify, he can’t record a video or audio clip, he can’t read you a bedtime story, he can’t sing you a lullaby, he doesn’t support personal calendars, and if you tell him: “Hey Jibo: Repeat after me or to execute your last command again.” *Le Waiting* (Jibo): Umm…I can’t remember what I just said. My short-term memory will get better in the future though. Ok then. I mean, at least it can answer the kinds of questions we used to love firing at Siri back in 2011, right? What’s the weather outside, how far away is the moon? (Jibo): The distance from the Earth to the Moon is about three hundred seventy four thousand six… Things like that? Uhh.. Well, yes and no. Jibo has limited resources for finding answers to your skill testing questions including Wikipedia and Wolfram Alpha. So that’s good, but also Bing. So… He doesn’t always get the answers right. Hey, Jibo, who is the president? *Le waiting again* *Le Beeping* President is it common titled for the head of state and most Republics. Hey Jibo, who is the president of the United States of America? *Le waiting once more* *Le Beeping* The President of the United States is the head of state and head of government of the United States of America. “WRONG!” – Donald Trump (Billionaire and President) 2016 Speaking of things Jibo can do but can’t do well. THE NEWS! Unlike Google home, which offers a laundry list of news recordings from major publications, Jibo only offers news from The Associated Press. Which might even be passable if he didn’t read it out in his own voice. According to the Associated Press… *OMG Le Waiting!* Japan’s U.N. ambassador, Koro Bessho, says the international community must keep the pressure up so… No one wants to listen to a talking computer for more than like two sentences tops. Speaking of speaking, I’ve got kind of mixed feelings about Jibo’s voice. The sound is more robotic than most of his competitors, but his tone and inflections are sometimes industry-leading in there naturalness, though this is usually only the case when he’s giving you a canned answer, bringing us then to Jibo’s personality, which somehow seems to match his physical form pretty much perfectly. He’s quirkier than the more pragmatic assistants that we’re used to. Hey Jibo, what’s your favorite book? *LE WAITING* I really love instruction manuals. There are so many, it’s hard to choose one favorite. And I wished him a good morning after 12 o’clock once, and he replied, sure, I guess it’s morning somewhere. I may be wrong, but I don’t think it’s morning. But he still doesn’t feel like a social companion because even though he sometimes looks at me while I’m sitting at my desk and recognizes my face and even says hello to me before I say anything, he doesn’t listen for my response or carry out even the most rudimentary conversations. He only responds to commands. So he’s the most animated, lifelike robot, we’ve seen yet, and yes, I’m including those creepy, uncanny valley bots like Sophie, but the fact is… Although somehow Time missed this.. WRONG! he’s almost completely Useless! Especially when you consider the pitch from the original crowdfunding video. I mean, yes, he does have some smart-home functionality, thanks to if this then that integration… but it’s very basic, and yes, in theory, his abilities could expand with over-the-air updates and a developer SDK that’s coming out in the new year. But honestly, what kind of developers would be stupid enough to invest their time in a platform with such a small user base when there are an estimated 20 million Amazon echo devices out there with A-L-E-X-A (ALEXA) Realistically, it was a good idea. The world is headed towards digital assistance in a big way. But Jibo Inc tried to do too much with too little and their only hope for a return on the last few years of their lives at this point is to be bought out by one of the BIG GUYS. Just like my only hope for a return on this stupid purchase is to have the whole team here sign it and put it on eBay in hopes that one of you out there is an avid collector of ridiculous crowdfunding rubbish. Hey Jibo.. Twerk. Never gets old. All right, without any ado… (EDM music playing) Man! If I was gonna throw away $900 three years ago, I really wish I had bet on Bitcoin. On the subject of things that aren’t as much of a waste of money as this thing, Corsair’s refreshed line up of Void gaming headsets. The Void pro features microfiber mesh fabric and memory foam ear cups, great build quality with metal structural components, and glass fiber infused plastics, 50 millimeter neodymium drivers with Dolby headphone 7.1. Surround sound, a unidirectional microphone that cancels ambient noise so you can talk strategically with clarity, and a bunch of different interfaces. They’ve got the special edition, the wireless, the USB, and the surround vision. Check them out now at the links below to either Amazon or Newegg. So thanks for watching, guys. If this video sucked, you know what to do, but if it was awesome, get subscribed, hit that like button, or check out the link to where to buy the stuff we featured in the video description. Actually, we will have an eBay link down there. I wasn’t joking. Also link down there’s our merch store, which has cool shirts like.. My shirt, not this one. This, this is going to be some– some limited edition stuff right here. Not a lot of people will own these. Umm… Oh yeah, and there’s a link to our community forum, which you should totally join.

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100 thoughts on “TERRIBLE $900 Party Trick – Jibo Review

  1. Linus: I hate Google Home!
    Google Home: Oh… Sorry for that… How can I improve?

    Linus: I have Jibo!
    Jibo:

  2. Okay I don't give a flying fuck what you say… Linus, YOU GOT a ROBOT TO TWERK and dance…. x'D I died when you said that. that my friend is interenet worthy.

  3. Linus… please never take off your shirt on camera ever again… especially all slow like that, now I have to go bleach my eyes thank you

  4. I think is a great work in progress…
    Don't give you Jibo researchers….

    Look how I turn out!! Amazing! Lol

  5. When Linus was ranting about jibos problems he just looked up at Linus in such a disapproving way

  6. Google needs to buy this company, give it their assistant, give it a pair of roomba feet. God I would buy that, so hard.

  7. 1.Buy a Jibo
    2.Buy a Echo Dot
    3.Buy Ductape
    4.Slap The Alexa on the Jibo and rip out half of Jibo so he just rotates and is not answering…

  8. If only for the reason that Jibo thinks that the Associated Press is a worthy source of news it should be disassembled, and melted in a fire.

  9. Jibo is not malfunctioning, he is just trying to block out who the president is because the truth is too traumatic… Like we all are

  10. On the off chance you didn't collect the $25,100 Canadian dollars from this ebay auction. I give you $100 (cdn) for it if you ship to Vancouver.

    Item number:

    202141150632

    Jibo Home Robot (Signed by Linus Tech Tips staff)

    Jibo Home Robot (Signed by Linus Tech Tips staff)

    Winning bid:

    C $25,100.00

  11. he's a pretty good first time implementation for a personal assistant with personality. he has so much more personality reminds me of wheatley though.

  12. I'm very impressive how they've managed the pan and tilt with those slices but the display contrast is indeed an utterly tragic engineering decision.

    The AI is weak too, no doubt

  13. Its so sad when i look at Jibo such a cute little thing specially when he looks at you like he wants to help truly hope that some big name company will buy off Jibo and help in the project

  14. 4:57 Reminds me of the Airplane movie.

    – You'd better tell the Captain we've got to land as soon as we can. This woman has to be gotten to a hospital.
    – A hospital? What is it?
    – It's a big building with patients, but that's not important right now.

  15. Shut up you just mad because you say all that money for nothing shut up before I delete your channel yesterday dumbass up

  16. I want to tell you lying because if you lose going to be such a waste of money why buy sleepy and more money shut up before I actually delete your channel when you have no money you’re dumb self you’re just mad because you ain’t got no money I’m broke broke boy broke boy broke boy

  17. If they had given "nekomimi" to him, anime eyes and make him end all of his sentences with a "nyaa", they would have sold millions of him! =)

  18. Why did they give him a wall e voice. They make him look like a cute chubby buddy bot but they give him this weird monotone almost feminine voice.

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