The smart gaming-updates reader will quickly notice that we’ve been covering Intuition Robotics for five years now, starting with the Aged Care Robotics crowdfunding campaign in February 2017. Most of the reports since then have indicated that the Israeli company has raised even more. Money in several rounds without really answering the most important question: When? When will the ElliQ robot go on sale?
Looks like the product is finally ready for prime time. What can I say, the robots last a long time and the company has been beta testing for many years. Intuition just announced that ElliQ is officially available today on the product site. As usual in the robotics industry, the device will be available on a subscription basis in 2022 – Raas, if you will. It starts with a $250 deposit and then goes up to $30 per month (if you take the yearly plan).
Elderly care has long been a mainstay of robotics in Japan, but has struggled to find a foothold elsewhere. Several startups are springing up here in the United States, including Labrador systems, and smart home device makers such as Amazon and Google have begun building related features into their systems.
I see AleQ as something like the infamous Kuri or Jibo, designed specifically for an older audience. Instead of really helping around the house like a Labrador does, he’s meant to keep the elderly busy. The company says the average user spends about 20 minutes on the product 20 times a day. This means it’s not designed for the level of interaction that a TV is, but rather for frequent and short checks.
“After years of hard work, the day has finally arrived,” said Dore Schuler, co-founder and CEO, in a press release. “During the pandemic, we have witnessed the devastating impact of loneliness on a large adult population. In addition, we have noticed that ElliQ is incredibly useful for our beta users and puts a smile on their faces.”
A variety of content is available through the device, including workouts, health information from the Mayo Clinic, meetings with loved ones, and transportation through Uber Health, among others. Actually support and participation are two things for people who are free enough to live on their own but need a little more help/support.