Loneliness is becoming a worldwide epidemic, especially for older people who live alone. Recent studies have proven the dire effects loneliness can have on someone’s life, and an Israeli company called Intuition Robotics has set out to change that. Intuition Robotics has brought together the fields of technology and psychology to create Elli●Q, a robot companion to help cure elderly loneliness.
The robot is named after Elli, a Norse goddess of old age. Elli●Q’s aim is to keep older adults engaged, motivated and connected. She’s proactive in offering suggestions and ideas that are based on smart learning and family recommendations. She can schedule appointments, make voice calls, connect with social media, and share pill reminders. The team at Intuition Robotics has been working on this small and magical friend for a couple years, and has just reached release mode.
Dor Skuler, CEO and Founder, began this project in hopes of creating positive social impact. With the new technologies of today, it can be difficult for the older generation to understand or connect with doing the simplest of tasks. By creating Elli●Q, they created a way to empower the older generation to flourish using technology in a simple, gentle and innovative way.