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Jan 12

Autom: Your New Weight Loss Coach


Autom, a weight-loss coach robot.

You’re probably one of the millions that aims to lose weight this year. In fact, losing weight may even have been an ongoing new year’s resolution for the past 10 years that still hasn’t happened, or if it has happened, but the weight crept back on. 

Trainers are nice (but expensive), but you cannot call a trainer any time of day to discuss relapses or the fact that you managed to gain weight after a week of salads and swimming. Friends and family tend to sabotage your diet and exercise regiment either willingly or obliviously. Apps and food logs in a good-old-fashioned notebook tend to work two months at most, but it’s easy to stop counting calories or logging in. Even the best gaming consoles complete with workouts and food logs just aren’t the personal interaction you require. What you need is a coach available any time, as committed as you to losing weight, who has the sharp honesty of your mother mixed with the supportive tone of your favorite teacher, who knows the caloric intake of over 75,000 foods, a far greater database than even the best gaming consoles.

Enter the Autom, a robot debuting at the CES Show 2012, who currently ranks in the top ten in the “Last Gadgets Standing” competition. This robot maintains a relationship with you that grows based on what you reveal, so that it anticipates your needs, excuses, and rationalizations for weight loss and works to coach you through to meet your fitness goals. Everything about Autom is a conversation: there are no manuals to read or menus to flip through. You just talk to her and just like a real person, the more she knows about you, the more she can contribute. Autom does not follow any kind of script nor is any conversation ever the same, she adapt to your needs and tailors her advice to you. Even the best gaming consoles cannot promise that kind of complex and evolving relationship. You can subscribe your Autom robot to monthly updates so that she stays current with restaurants’ changing menus, grocery store item info changes, and health tips in general.

We’ll know by Thursday whether the Autom won the “Last Gadget Standing” competition, which will be decided both by a panel of judges and popular vote!

Check back daily! We’ll be covering the CES conference before, during, and after to give you the preview of the next superstars in consumer electronics.



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