[FW Radar] ElliQ wants to break the isolation of seniors

by bold-lichterman

Founded in 2005 in Jerusalem by Itai Mendelsohn, Dor Skuler and Roy Amir, Intuition Robotics develops the ElliQ robot. Nicknamed the “independent aging companion», The device is composed of a robot and a tablet. Its design was created in collaboration with Swiss designer Yves Behar and doctor Don Norman.

The principle is to provide support to isolated elderly people. On the one hand, the tablet via video chat allows you to communicate with the family. On the other hand, the robot suggests activities, reminds its user when, for example, it is time for him to take his medication and alerts relatives and doctors when necessary. He can also play music. Unlike Siri or Alexa, the robot uses its cognitive abilities to keep its user active and to make sure everything goes well. Information such as the time to wake up, the temperature or even when a stranger enters the house is sent to a preselected person on the tablet.

The start-up raised $ 6 million last February from iRobot and the equity crowdfunding platform OurCrowd. With this investment, Intuition Robotics wants to open offices in San Francisco and have their tool tested with elderly people. The release date and price have not been specified. Still, ElliQ shouldn’t be more expensive than rivals like Amazon Echo and Alexa, which cost around $ 180.

Founders: Itai Mendelsohn, Dor Skuler and Roy Amir

Creation date : 2015

Fundraising : $ 6 million in February 2017

Seat : Jerusalem

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