Intuition Robotics Receives $14 M from Toyota to Develop Robot to Combat Senior Loneliness

Published by , July 17, 2017 11:57 am

( Israeli startup Intuition Robotics, which has announced a $14 million financing round led by the Toyota Research Institute, is developing a robot to support senior citizens and give them better quality of life at home and an active way of life for as long as possible. Intuition Robotics ELLI-Q robot is designed to solve senior citizens’ leading emotional problem – loneliness.
“The world’s population is aging rapidly,” says Intuition Robotics cofounder and CEO Dor Skuler. “The proportion of the population that will soon be 65 or older has grown to 30%. If you add the fact that the life expectancy in the West is already nearing 86-87, and continues to climb, the result is many years without an employment or social framework for people who are still mainly healthy and lucid. The result of this isolation is accelerated dementia, depression, and death.” Robots for senior citizens are a growing industry throughout the world, especially in Japan.”

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