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AI Companion Robot Helps Some Seniors Fight Loneliness, but Others Hate It


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ElliQ, an AI companion robot from Intuition Robotics.

The ElliQ robot includes a tablet and a two-piece lamp-like robot with a head that lights up and rotates to face a speaker.

Credit: ElliQ

Some seniors in New York are successfully combating their loneliness with an AI-powered companion robot named ElliQ—while others called the "proactive" device a nag and joked about taking an ax to it.

The home assistant robot, made by Israel-based Intuition Robotics, is offered to New York seniors through a special program through the state's Office for the Aging (NYSOFA). Over the past year, NYSOFA has partnered with Intuition Robotics to bring ElliQ to over 800 seniors struggling with loneliness. In a report last week, officials said they had given out hundreds and had only 150 available devices.

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