Jibo won’t ship to customers in 2016, after all. Users on Jibo’s Facebook and Reddit pages have shared a letter they were sent from Jibo CEO Steve Chambers that says the company’s second in-home beta tests “shed light on some important technical challenges we must overcome.”
Jibo founder Cynthia Breazeal also said at the recent WSJDLive that initial versions of the social robot won’t ship until 2017 to people who helped with Jibo’s crowdfunding campaign.
Here are some of the challenges Jibo discovered during the second in-home beta tests:
WiFi: Some configurations caused Jibo to crash. This was tested in-house, but problems arose when more Jibos were sent to homes.
Latency: Jibo performed poorly in certain environments due to latency issues, inhibiting the way he interacted with people.
Discoverability: Users had trouble discovering what Jibo could do.