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Chaperone robots have helped the world’s elderly overcome loneliness and social isolation worsened by the pandemic. But where most bots need prompting, ElliQ is proactive: the voice-operated AI-powered “personal sidekick” initiates conversation and helps its human companion develop healthy habits—social, physical, and mental. It also keeps track of conversations, notes health conditions, and can contact care specialists and loved ones in case of emergencies. It even makes small talk. Designed for stay-at-home adults 65 years and up, ElliQ is a lightweight, stationary device that only needs a power plug and WiFi. A one-time enrollment fee covers shipping, setup, and installation support.

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