According to analysis, almost half of the people above the age 75 live alone. Almost a million people are suffering from loneliness. 36% people open up with only one person in a day. Near about almost 46% people above the age of 65 days that television or pets are the only sources of their company. To help to deal their loneliness, the Intuition Robotics have developed a talking robot Elli-Q.
The company developed Elli-Q to bring emotion through different speech tones, lights, and body language to be as engaging as possible.
The robots chat to elderly people, reminding them to take their medication and stay active. It is one of the most advance social companion robots in the world.
Dor Skuler, CEO and Founder of Intuition Robotics said, “Loneliness and social isolation are the results of longevity, and technology has made the problem worse by requiring older adults to learn new technical skills in order to accomplish the simplest of tasks.”
“Our goal is to leverage a combination of our proprietary technology, gerontology know-how, and elegant design to empower older adults to intuitively interact with technology and easily connect with content and loved ones, and pursue an active lifestyle.”
“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,” he added.
Elli-Q suggests activities like reading, listening to music or going for a walk and reminds users about appointments. Its design was created in collaboration with Yves Behar, founder of Fuseproject. It consists of two distinct elements, a ‘social director’ robot which sits alongside a tablet.
Mr. Behar said, “Elli-Q could never replace human interaction. But it can be an important motivating factor in keeping older adults healthy and active when living alone.”
“The idea of having a robot companion is quite dystopian, especially for older generations.”
After long-term research, scientists were able to develop a design language and user experience that feels natural, with subtle expressions.