ElliQ: A Robotic Companion for an Aging Population
Jan 19 2017
After a year of secrecy, Israeli startup Intuition Robotics announced their first project last Wednesday: ElliQ, a robotic companion who aims to help keep aging adults connected to the world and their families, as well as live a more active and healthier life.
"We like to think of her as part communication coordinator, part arbiter of lifelong learning and part coach. She’s easy to talk to, simple to operate and understands her owner,” said CEO Dor Skuler.
The robot will be capable of displaying emotional qualities and learning about its owner’s habits, likes, and dislikes while also reminding them to take medication or get some exercise after periods of inactivity.
ElliQ addresses an important societal issue: elderly adults tend to lead lonely lives, especially if physically incapable of leaving their homes. Between helping elders communicate with their family over the internet, playing games, and suggesting interesting content for them to view, ElliQ has the potential to improve the lives of millions of elderly adults around the world.
+ Intuition Robotics closed its first fundraising round in February 2016 with a seed investment of an undisclosed amount by the Jerusalem-based Terra Venture Partners.
+ Some old folks’ homes in the Bay area of San Francisco will get to participate in a trial run of the ElliQ robot.
+ Intuition Robotics hasn’t set a price yet for ElliQ, though it states that it will be in line with similar high-end consumer technology. Interested customers can sign up for the waitlist to be notified when ElliQ is available.