Have you heard of Elli-Q? Probably not. So, that’s why you are here reading this article, because you want to know, “What Is Elli-Q?” It’s a Smart Robot for Seniors. If you need some distractions during this continued lockdown, the Elli-Q might be just the thing.
Update! May 26, 2021
Even though you still can not buy this product yet, the company is offering a free device to seniors as long as they are willing to comment about their experience. The company has notified me of this information. Use this link to reach their Care Program where you sign up to receive a free device, if you are chosen!
So first of all, what exactly is Elli-Q, also known as Elli-Q. This is a smart robot that uses voice to interact with the user. It was made specifically for the elderly person, who now more than ever is aging at home. And usually alone.
It has two basic interactive parts; a tablet that rests in a base and shows pictures, text, video and more, and an interactive robot like head on a swivel base that speaks and responds to the user.
As the senior interacts with the “sidekick” (the company label) the device “learns” about the person, making future interactions much more personal. It will learn what music they like, what medications they take, and when, if they need to get up and move, and challenge them to games to keep them mentally alert. And so much more! (See image below)
Created by Intuition Robotics, the goal was to address the problem of loneliness. Because of medical science, we are living longer. But we are often living alone. And living alone can lead to loneliness.
Let’s face it, we are social beings. I believe we were created that way. We have an intrinsic need to be with other humans. That’s why television is so popular. It fills a social void. But we can all admit it doesn’t do a very good job. Which is why interactive devices are becoming more and more popular.
Some studies show that aging individuals only speak with a person once a week! Therefore, loneliness can result. In addition to loneliness, other physical and cognitive decline can result by not interacting socially.
And on top of all that we know about these topics, along comes COVID, forcing seniors to be even more isolated. Enter Elli-Q. Which was actually created before our lockdown, but which seems more relevant now than ever before!
Who can use Elli-Q? The primary market for this device is the senior population, which it was made for. Since it was introduced to address the issue of loneliness among the elderly, it was created to be “humanlike” in its configuration. With the headlike swiveling feature that talks, one feels like there is a person there.
Elli-Q is proactive in that it doesn’t wait for the human to initiate interaction. It will take the initiative to speak with the person, which I feel is an important feature. That way the senior can’t help but to be engaged.
I wouldn’t limit the use of this device to just seniors however. It seems to me that anyone can benefit from interacting with technology because it stimulates our brains and keeps us active. Personally, I wouldn’t let it replace my love of reading a good book (and I mean the ones that are on the shelf), but it still seems like a great invention to keep one alert.
What’s in the Box?
The unit comes with a base, where the robot-like response unit sits, along with the tablet. The tablet displays a screen that appears to be about 8” in height and about 5” in width, so a decent size if you are vision impaired. The tablet also comes with two top mounted cameras to assist in viewing the user’s environment.
ElliQ is priced at $1,499, with free in-home installation. (This information was based on an article from January 2019.) Pre Order customers will get a year of free support. After that subscriptions will cost $35 to $50 per month, depending on the level of service.
The user must have access to WiFi and electrical outlets. The base that holds the tablet and powers it and the robot must be charging from that. And the WiFi is needed to connect to the web and other communication services. The tablet can be detached from the base to carry around the home.
The individuals that interact with the senior via Elli-Q have an app for their phone that provides them with information about the senior, so in that respect it advises the loved one about the health and activity of the senior.
The software has built in security and privacy programs to keep the individual’s information safe.
There is so much to like about Elli-Q. Here’s what I like:
- Ease of set up
- Voice responses from user activate
- Robot is proactive so that the user is engaged throughout the day
- Family and friends can be in close contact through the device
- Learns the likes and dislikes and the activities of the user
I have not been able to find any drawbacks to this product.
How to buy
After having researched this product and been really excited about it, I am having trouble finding information about how to purchase. So for the time being, I am publishing this article without purchasing possibilities. I will update this information when I find out how to purchase.
Here’s the link to their site if you want more information.
Here’s a video presented by one of the creators from a few years ago, just when they were going to roll out Elli-Q. I think it is delightful.
In the meantime, here’s an article I wrote about another product made specifically for the senior population, namely GrandPad. It isn’t as interactive as the Elli-Q, but still a great tool for the less computer savvy among us.
What do you think? Do you have questions? I would be more than happy to answer them if I am able to. I would especially welcome any responses that would advise me how to purchase this product, so I can include it in the is review. Leave your comments below. Thank you.
- Keep in Contact with Loved Ones
- Interactive and Proactive