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For someone who spends a lot of time indoors for study or smartworking, routine can be boring. A puppy could be the ideal solution in these cases but not everyone has the opportunity to keep one in their apartment. What if, instead, it was an interactive robot? Yes, a small companion automaton. Just like Eilik, a robot with emotional intelligence that was developed with the aim of increasing the interactions of those forced to spend most of the day in solitude. Whenever you need a break you can turn to Eilik.
This little robot was programmed to express “emotions” based on the tactile interactions it will have with its human. Eilik, therefore, is able to respond to touch and react accordingly. For example, his reaction will be of fear if you hit the table hard in the area where he is standing. He is afraid of heights and is not comfortable when he is on the ground. When his head is hit he will feel dizzy and react positively when held in your arms. Remember Furby or the Tamagochi? Here, this robot is a sort of evolution, an innovative type of “pet” in a robotic version able to entertain the owner and to take care of.
The manufacturing company, Energize Lab, wanted to create a product that was as realistic as possible and could interact with humans. To do this, a rich team of experts in dubbing, storytelling, screenwriting, animation producers, as well as engineers, of course, was put together.
Eilik can laugh cry, feel depressed, scream, be disappointed, feel funny, offended, angry, etc. Able to move his arms and body, he is equipped with a 25 fps OLED screen, with which he will express everything he feels.
Thanks to artificial intelligence, it is able to react to touch, vibrations, lights, atmospheric agents and other stimulations. Regular updates can be downloaded through its cross-platform software, available to those who buy it. Each update will include new expressions and allow for more interaction.
In addition to entertaining, Eilik can also be an assistant. For example, its functions include a countdown timer to organize your time and schedule your homework and the tomato technique, to enhance productivity and avoid distractions during the day.