Not sure what to make of this email I just got from Joseph L. Ternullo, JD, MPH, Associate Director, Partners HealthCare’s Center for Connected Health, inviting me to the “Connected Health Symposium”:
We organize the Connected Health Symposium as a festival of ideas, a place where the best health and technology thinkers on the planet come together. The hope is to stimulate your sense of the possible and inspire your strategic thinking. So I’m delighted to announce that, in a Symposium first, inventor Dr. Cory Kidd, Founder and CEO of Intuitive Automata, and Dr. Caroline Apovian will put Autom, a robotic personal coach, through its paces.
Dr. Apovian, the first clinician to test Autom’s effectiveness, is Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics at B.U. School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center’s Director of the Center for Nutrition and Weight Management.
What’s important here is not just the product but the wider implications. Designing for social robotics draws on the latest in ergonomics and human factors research, so there are take-aways on how people interact with machines and online systems. Autom hits the US market soon with a price tag of about $500, same as the first iPad. We need you with us in October to assess the impact and implications.
Please join us in Boston in October. Early-bird registration and exhibition and sponsorship opportunities are open. We look forward to welcoming you!”
A quick google of Intuitive Automata and I’m watching this video:
Urgent Message to Steve Jobs: You’ve got until October to start shipping a Dalek accessory for the iPad (with a rotating head with blinky eyes at least!) if you don’t want to lose out to fans of this little automaton.