By Maggie Lake, CNN
New York (CNN) — A smartphone or tablet feature high on your holiday list this year? How about a robot instead?
Cynthia Breazeal, head of the Personal Robots Group at the MIT Media Lab, is launching a crowd funding campaign that will let you buy exactly that. What is being billed as the first family robot — Jibo — is on the way.
At $499 for consumers and $599 for developers, the price is in line with a high-end smartphone. But Jibo is intended to be so much more. Breazeal, who has pioneered work in making robots more social and interactive, believes Jibo can be an organizer, an education tool, even assist elderly family members.
“Jibo is this helpful presence that helps support your family, your human network, to be more efficient and feel more connected,” says Breazeal.
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