As populations age worldwide, older people are often isolated because of health and mobility problems and difficulty with using new technologies. A robot named ElliQ aims to change that.
Intuition Robotics today emerged from “stealth mode” and announced ElliQ, which is designed to help older adults stay socially and physically active.
Like some social robots, ElliQ uses a combination of movements and voice interactions to communicate with end users. However, “her” artificial intelligence capabilities and design are uniquely designed to serve the elderly, according to Dor Skuler, founder and CEO of Intuition Robotics.
A study by the University of California, San Francisco, found that 43 percent of older adults reported feeling lonely, and 1 in 2 women aged 75 and over live alone. Isolation can lead to other health problems, including Alzheimer’s.