Good news, robot lovers! It just got a little bit easier to buy Jibo, the HAL-like family robot developed by an MIT professor. The cute (but slightly uncanny) little character is now one of the most successful IndieGoGo campaigns ever—it's in the top eight—having raised nearly $1.5 million in less than three weeks. So the company's offering a new deal.
Now, you can buy the Jibo Home Edition for $200 up front and $350 when it ships some time in 2016. The new total price of $550 is only slightly more expensive than the early bird special of $100 up front and $400 at shipping. However, you can still get a good deal if you pay a full $500. With that option you owe nothing at shipping.
The math is a little bit confusing, but Jibo promises more deals will crop up as the project continues to crush its initial $100,000 goal. If they raise $1.5 million, Jibo will host four hackatons around the country and offer an extra charging dock for every Jibo at just $50. At $1.75 million, they'll give everyone the option to choose the color of their Jibo—but only if that color is either black or white. No matter what the final number is, though, it's good news to see so many people excited about robots.