Autom is an automated coach designed to help people stick to a diet and exercise routine. Each day, users check in by using a touch screen to enter information about such things as what they have eaten and how much exercise they have done. The robot provides personalized feedback through synthesized speech and facial expressions. The company claims that people make better progress than they would if they followed the same weight-loss program using a computer or paper log.
Credit: Christopher Harting
Cost: Around $500
Availability: End of 2010
Company: Intuitive Automata
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