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Galleries // 2023 Spark:Fall/Winter Student // Olo : A Companion for Elderly

Olo : A Companion for Elderly

Winner - Bronze

Competition: Spark:Fall/Winter Student
Designer: Nyeongwoo Kwon
Design Type: Product & industrial
Company / Organization / School: Hongik University
Team Members: Nyeongwoo Kwon

As it becomes an aging society, the number of elderly people living alone is increasing in Korea and Japan. The solitude and health problems of the elderly living alone are problems to be overcome from an existential point of view. So, I suggest Olo as providing a physical and emotional health in technology to elderly in an intimate way. Olo is the AI companion for the elderly who lives alone. Olo has many different expressions to empathize with the user's feelings. Therefore, the expression on the display changes according to each situation and sympathizes with the user's feelings. When User watching TV, Olo find what he see via network access and reading his face. Combining these data, Olo provides appropriate emotional expressions to user, such as laughing, sobbing, even angry. After settings, user’s personality or emotion can be change. Olo recognizes it and changes their personality and reactions to fit owner, also. With these empathize, Elders can feel familiar to Olo and make rapport. Based on these rapport between elder and Olo, Olo can take care of user’s helath. It can alert to elderly with familiar wordings when he forgot to take medicine, suggest elder to walk outside and so on.