Friday 20 April 2018

Robotic 'personal trainer' goes global thanks to Irish partner

Colm Kelpie

Colm Kelpie

IT'S being billed as a robotic personal trainer, and thanks to an Irish company anybody in the world can get their hands on it from next year.

Autom, the health coach for the 21st century, is small enough to sit on the kitchen counter, dishing out advice on everything from your diet to how much you've been exercising.

It will also give feedback on whether or not you're meeting your fitness goals.

Under a new partnership with Irish-headquartered company PCH International, the sleek device, resembling the robotic love interest in the hit Pixar movie 'Wall-E', can now be shipped across the world.

Dr Cory Kidd, the founder and chief executive of Intuitive Automata, said "she" has a large data base of phrases to draw from.

"She has a bunch of information to draw from about diet, nutrition and exercise.

"The more she learns about a person the more she's able to provide advice to them over time."

So far Autom has only been distributed to hospitals, insurers and employers who have introduced a weight programme.

But Intuitive Automata has joined forces with PCH International to distribute the device around the world, priced at $199 (about €150) plus postage and packaging.

PCH chief executive Liam Casey said his company brings the most innovative products to the market quickly.

"We have been exploring the new consumer robotics market and have found a perfect opportunity in helping Intuitive Automata scale and bring Autom to market," Mr Casey said.

"Dr Cory Kidd has the vision and energy to make Autom a common device in every home and we are delighted to partner with him to make his vision a reality."

Dr Kidd said manufacturing would begin immediately and shipping would take place in the second quarter of next year.

Irish Independent

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