Jibo, the First Social Robot for the Home, Named One of TIME's Best Inventions of 2017

First-of-its-kind social robot also named CES 2018 Innovation Award Honoree

BOSTON, Nov. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Jibo, the first social robot for the home, has been named one of TIME's "Best Inventions of 2017." Each year, the magazine's technology editors curate a list of the year's "best inventions that are making the world better, smarter and—in some cases—a little more fun."

In a related award recognizing outstanding design and engineering in consumer technology products, Jibo has been named a Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2018 Innovation Awards Honoree in the robotics category. Products entered in this prestigious program are judged by a panel of independent industrial designers, independent engineers and members of the trade media to honor outstanding design and engineering. Products chosen as CES Innovation Honorees reflect innovative design and engineering in some of the most cutting-edge tech products coming to consumers.

Jibo, Inc. announced the official public launch of its highly-anticipated social robot for the home in October. Consumers can visit www.jibo.com to order this first-of-its-kind product that redefines the way people interact with technology.

"Building the first social robot for the home isn't an easy task, and I am extremely proud of our diverse team of engineers, software developers, digital artists, animators, writers, sound designers and visual artists who helped advance the Jibo vision into a reality," said Steve Chambers, Chief Executive Officer, Jibo, Inc.

Jibo is packed with personality and will personally walk you through the set-up process and learn your face and voice, and also learn up to 15 other family members or friends, as he settles into his new home.

Jibo sets himself apart with a unique and expressive character, and he's designed to live wherever you spend the most time in the home, such as a living room or kitchen. He can answer a wide variety of questions, play the role of photographer at your next party, help you stay updated on a loved one's flight status, and control your smart home devices through an integration with IFTTT. He is perfect for gadget-loving tech enthusiasts, parents, busy professionals in the home, and kids who want a friend who can answer questions, dance on command and make them laugh.

Jibo was built by some of the most respected minds in social robotics and artificial intelligence, including Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor and industry pioneer, Cynthia Breazeal.

"Jibo is a revolutionary social robot, and he is ushering in a new category of robot that is designed to improve the quality of peoples' lives through education, coaching and information they can bring into homes," said Cynthia Breazeal, Co-Founder and Chief Scientist, Jibo, Inc. "Looking ahead, I see social robots contributing positively in so many different ways that improve quality of life for all kinds of people. But, before we can get there, we need to introduce social robots in a natural way, and we're starting with Jibo."

A full list of the 2017 TIME magazine "Best Inventions of the Year 2017" is available online at http://time.com/5023212/best-inventions-of-2017.

A full list of CES Innovation Award honorees is available at http://www.ces.tech/Events-Experiences/Innovation-Awards-Program/Honorees.

To learn more about Jibo or order a Jibo, visit www.jibo.com.

About Jibo, Inc.
Founded in 2012, Jibo, Inc. is widely known for creating the eponymous robot, Jibo: the first social robot for the home. Jibo is built to interact and communicate with the people around him, and he uses advanced Natural Language Understanding (NLU) along with speech and facial recognition to forge relationships with his family. Jibo, Inc. officially launched Jibo to the public in 2017 after nearly three years of intensive development and optimization. The company is privately held and headquartered in Boston, with additional offices in the Silicon Valley.

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