It's important to keep those who are elderly and living alone mentally active in order to stave off cabin fever and other mental problems, so the 'ElliQ' companion robot is designed to help.
The 'ElliQ' works by constantly suggesting things to do including listening to audiobooks, watching TED talks, music to enjoy or even physical activities to partake in. This helps to take a holistic approach to senior care that can effectively keep the elderly physically and mentally active, and stay independent for longer periods.
The 'ElliQ' companion robot is the design work of a collaboration between Israel-based startup Intuitive Robotics and industrial designer Yves Béhar. The robot is currently in the prototype phase with trials set to start taking place in the Bay Area starting in February 2017.