Anki, Jibo, and Kuri: What We Can Learn from Social Robots that Didn’t Make It

It’s been a tough few years for social home robots: Where do we go from here? This is a guest post. The views expressed here are solely those of the author and do not represent positions of IEEE Spectrum or the IEEE. News of Anki’s shutdown has spread like wildfire through the social robotics research community. Following the demise of Jibo and Kuri less than a year ago, it now seems that three of the most viable contenders to lead the budding market of social home robots have failed to find a sustainable business model. Anki’s Cozmo robot was arguably an even bigger blow to the hopes of social robotics enthusiasts than Jibo or Kuri. Anki was a well-funded company, having reportedly secured over US $180 million in total investments, and was selling Cozmo (and a newer model, called Vector) at a competitive price point. When Jibo and Kuri tanked, Continue reading Anki, Jibo, and Kuri: What We Can Learn from Social Robots that Didn’t Make It