ElliQ works in concert with a tablet to both relay information and express it. If one of your relatives uploads a photo to Facebook, ElliQ will bring it up on the tablet, then turn toward the screen while speaking, in a way gesturing without hands. “We found that the separation between the content on the screen and the entity allows us to do a lot of interactions,” says Dor Skuler, CEO of Intuition Robotics, which developed ElliQ. “We also looked for an aesthetic which (a) we think is beautiful and (b) we think is not intimidating and allows us to earn a right at the home.”

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