In July, 2014 my mother called me because she had seen a news report on the TV, about a robot that could act as an assistant. Unlike the others, this one featured a more advanced AI system, and looked and acted like something out of a Science fiction film.
At first, I didn’t believe her. It seemed like an exaggerated news or a scam… But after some research, I was able to find out that this project was led by Cynthia Breazeal and it was trying to get funds through an IndieGoGo campaign. The fact that such an important researcher was behind the project motivated me to support the project, and I purchased a developer edition of the robot.
However, there was an issue: At first, the only places where the robot would ship were the United States of America, the European Union and some parts of Asia. So, I teamed up with a group of students, professors and some other friends, and after pledging to buy 10 robots the developers agreed to find a way to ship them to Mexico!
Shortly after, some friends from other latin american countries got in touch with me because they had the same problem: They were ready to buy a Jibo, but there was no shipping available for their countries. So, we teamed up to form Jibo Latinoamerica – A group devoted to spread the word about Jibo in our countries, by translating videos and other documentation, and finding a way for the news outlets to pay attention to this little robot!