ABOUT INTUITION ROBOTICS
Intuition Robotics is the creator of ElliQ™, the Active Aging Companion, which helps older adults stay active and engaged with a proactive social robot that overcomes the digital divide. The company’s AI cognitive computing technology, award-winning design, and intuitive interaction models provide a natural way for older adults to reap the benefits of technology without the need to master the tools. The company was founded in 2016 and is based in Israel with offices in California. Intuition Robotics has raised over $20M in funding and is supported by renowned industry experts.
ABOUT DOR SKULER
A serial entrepreneur, Dor Skuler has co-founded five ventures, the most recent being Intuition Robotics, following his passion to develop artificial intelligence-driven robotics that address major social issues of the 21st century.
Having trained in Israel’s elite military intelligence unit 8200, Dor made a mark on interactive broadcast technology with Zing Interactive Media (acquired by Invesco, NASDAQ: IVZ) and security software through Safend (acquired by Wave Systems Corp, NASDAQ: WAVX). Dor then joined Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE:ALU) to create and lead innovative ventures, most notably as Founder and GM of Cloudband, the world’s first platform for Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), cited by Nokia as a major motive to purchasing the French-American telecoms giant. As Senior Vice President at Alcatel-Lucent, Dor was a regular speaker on the telecoms circuit, frequently cited in the media and made the Global Telecom Business ’40 under 40’ list in 2009, 2011 and 2013. Dor also served as Vice President of Strategy and Global Head of Corporate Development for Alcatel-Lucent in its corporate headquarters in Paris.
Dor holds an MBA and Master’s of Science in Marketing from Temple University, has co-authored ‘Cloud Computing: Business Trends and Technologies’ published by Wiley in 2016 and holds board level advisory and director roles for several telecoms, cyber security and tech-led social impact ventures.
CAMELTARY (Camel Commentary)
“Alexa, Help My Grandmother Listen to Startup Camel.”
It is often claimed that the children are our future. And while some of them continue to Snap videos of themselves eating laundry detergent, Dor Skuler is setting his sights on a different generation. The heroes who have seen the invention of the television, man landing on the moon, and perhaps the birth of Startup Nation itself.
At the risk of sounding ‘too altruistic’, Skuler founded Intuition Robotics – a company dedicated to helping Older Adults.
Older adults (he never directly refers to them as ‘elderly’) are making up more and more of the population on Earth. As we learn to speak to our devices and navigate within a virtual world, older adults run a real risk of falling behind. With the help of ElliQ, the company’s AI robot, Intuition Robotics assists older adults keep connected and engaged and overcome the digital divide.
With Skuler’s help, “they can flourish and excel at the next stage of their lives. Social isolation is one of the biggest epidemics facing the modern generation.”
The AI within each device learns how to talk to you – and since voice is only 10% of our communication, it also analyses everything else: body language, tone, movement, sounds, and personas. Think Alexa, but for someone who needs a proactive approach to machinery as opposed to a reactive one.
“Elli Q changes to suit you. The decision making is the same [as Apple or Google], but the output is different.”
As Adir notes his own 94-year-old grandmother has an iPhone, older adults can learn anything we can – but it takes longer. This problem of change is only growing each generation. The older we get, the more chance there will be more technology we must learn how to use.
Surprisingly, 25-30% of the world will be ‘older adults’ in 30 years. Thousands of baby boomers retire in the states everyday. In fact, 70% of disposable income comes from people over 55. It seems the market is ready to take advantage of this group, and helping them along the way can only make life better for everyone.
Some may wonder how Skuler has the Chutzpah to challenge the smart home devices from Google, Amazon, or Apple. In fact, ElliQ uses Google’s technology, and as he states himself: “We are not Prime, which focuses on providing goods and services. It’s about the connectivity and interaction – to become more engaged. To live a fuller life.”
For Dor Skuler, our grandmothers are the future.