Tuesday, July 20, 2010

New Talking Robot Helps Dieters Stay on Track

Source: The Wall Street Journal (Summary by NIM)

So we've heard of diet pills, exercise regimens, iPod Apps and of course diets that can help with weight loss, but this is definitely something new. Meet Autom, she's a little talking robot that knows all about you - your mood, your motivation, how much you have been exercising and whether or not you are sticking to your healthy eating plan - and she's there to help you stay on track.

Created by 32-year old Cory Kidd, co-founder and CEO of Intuitive Automata Inc., Autom is the first of her kind, and does more than any computer program can do. Autom can read social cues, responding to her user and motivating them in a way that a real trainer or coach could. Users have reported feeling accountable to someone (or something!) rather than simply following a diet or workout regimen on their own. Autom reminds her user to stay on track, asks about goals and monitors their progress.

Compared with personal trainers who can cost up to $75 an hour in some gyms, Autom costs only $500 plus sporadic fees for software updates. Apparently Autom is so easy to use that she doesn't even come with an instruction manual. All users have to do is plug the robot in and get started. It's that simple!

Find out more about this amazing invention by reading the article called "A Robot That Helps You Diet" from the Wall Street Journal (July 20, 2010).