Autom's software can be upgraded and kept up to date through a monthly subscription
Intuitive Automata's robot weight loss coach, Autom, has six joints which actuate its neck, eyes, and eyelides
Autom comes with a built-in touch screen to input and track data and speaks in a synthesized voice
Autom's prototype developed at the MIT Media Lab was considerably larger and bulkier compared to the consumer model
Dr. Cory Kidd, founder of Intuitive Automata, poses with his robotic weight loss coach Autom
While earning his PhD at the MIT Media Lab, Cory Kidd wanted to build a social robot that could have a place and function in the home. One of the potential applications was a lifestyle coach – a robot that you would interact with daily as you try to lose weight. Kidd built a prototype, recruited people for a study, and found that participants using the robot stuck to the weight loss program twice as long as those who used an identical program on a laptop – and that most felt that the robot was more credible than an animated character on the screen.
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