Yves Behar unveils friendly robot that helps aging adults stay connected to the world

January 13, 2017 by  
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A new startup called Intuition Robotics just unveiled their stealth product: ElliQ, an AI robot companion created to help aging adults stay active and engaged. Designed by Yves Behar and fuseproject , the robot helps senior citizens stay connected to the world through video chat, online games, and social media – so they can interact with far-away friends and family – and it also encourages them to stay active and reminds them to take medications. The ElliQ is designed to help people who struggle with loneliness and have a difficult time operating digital technology by themselves. Research has shown that, for seniors, feelings of isolation are linked to declines in physical and mental health, so it’s incredibly important for those who live alone to have a companion to help monitor their health. They frequently have problems understanding modern technology, which can be a major barrier when it comes to keeping in touch with friends and family. ElliQ is designed to overcome those challenges and keep seniors at high risk connected with the world around them. Related: Retirement home in China emphasizes communal living in a natural setting Designer Yves Behar deliberately departed from traditional concepts of what a robot “should” look like, in order to make ElliQ more welcoming and comforting to interact with. The result is a device that looks like something that might step out of a Pixar movie: it’s has friendly, soft, rounded shapes that allow it to convey a sense of emotion through simple gestures and an LED lighting display. The robot’s friendly and approachable appearance should make it a welcome addition in any home. If you’d like to see the ElliQ, the robot is currently on display at the Design Museum in London, as part of its “ New Old: Designing For Our Future Selves ” exhibition. Starting in February 2017, Intuition Robotics plans to start a trial by placing it in the homes of older adults in the Bay Area. + Intuition Robotics Images via Intuition Robotics

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Londons new Design Museum opens this week inside a renovated post-war modernist building

November 21, 2016 by  
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Topped with a sweeping paraboloid copper-clad concrete roof, the Design Museum’s new building features a double-glazed facade that was meticulously detailed with mullions and patterns to mimic the original blue exterior. The renovated facade is complemented by a new public plaza with fountains installed at the entrance and a West 8 -designed landscape. The most notable overhaul, however, is in the interior, which includes two major temporary gallery spaces, a free permanent collection display, a restaurant overlooking Holland Park, auditorium, studios, library, archive, and new learning facilities. Inside the museum, John Pawson led the redesign, ripping out the original concrete floors and laying down Italian terrazzo flooring on the basement and ground floors, while warm-toned Dinesen oak flooring was used for the upper floors. The galleries, learning spaces, cafe, events space, and shop are organized around an oak-lined central atrium that offer beautiful views up to the iconic hyperbolic paraboloid roof. The double-glazed facade and atrium let in copious amounts of natural light. At night, LEDs are used to illuminate the space. Related: Stone House Made from 99% Recycled Granite Debuts in Milan “There are ‘moments’ in the building that I relish every time I walk around, but I think it is really the way everything comes together – the new and the old – that gives me the greatest pleasure,” said John Pawson. “I hope the Design Museum shows people that you don’t have to tear down and start from scratch to make exciting new cultural spaces.” The Design Museum will open to the public on November 24, 2016 and is expected to attract 650,000 visitors in its first year. + Design Museum Images by Gareth Gardner and Gravity Road

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