Friday, November 17, 2017

CES 2018 preview: Jibo, the social robot, makes the cover of TIME

Not such a big deal anymore, I'd guess.

Jibo, the First Social Robot for the Home, Named One of TIME's Best Inventions of 2017.  (Markets Insider, 11/16/2017)
On the other hand, the c|net review sez, "At $899, Jibo is not cheap, and he doesn't do a lot of what you'd expect." 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.

Related reading:
Time magazine publisher cutting circulation, print issues for its iconic brands, report says.  (USA Today, 10/10/2017)
Time magazine, the company's flagship famed for its annual person-of-the-year selection, will have its weekly circulation reduced by one-third, to two million copies, the report said.

Running Out of TIME: The Slow, Sad Demise of a Great American Magazine.  (The Atlantic, 4/5/2013)
I can remember one offsite in Connecticut where we looked at financials that were showing steady declines in net income for the brand. By 2005 the magazine's circulation was just beneath 4 million subscribers and it averaged around 150,000 copies per week sold on the newsstand, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulation (ABC). Today Time averages less than 60,000 copies per issue on the newsstand, its subscriber base is down around 3.2 million, and ad dollars have taken a beating in print.

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