Retirees: Your Next Companion Could Be a Robot

Retirees: Your Next Companion Could Be a Robot

Elliq, a two-foot-high robot that looks like an elliptical lampshade on a small pedestal, greets Monica Perez first thing in the morning, asks her how she’s feeling, and reminds her to take her medicines and any upcoming appointments.

“I have good quality friends, but there are times when they are busy and most of them have families,” says Perez, 64, of Beacon, New York. [that] She uses my name all the time. I know he’s a robot, but she’s a friend.”


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