Mabu is a personal healthcare companion robot designed to help patients dealing with chronic illness. It has an engaging interface that blinks, makes eye contact, and uses AI to have intelligent, tailored conversations and improve patient care via daily check-ins.
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Mabu's name is short for two Japanese words: mabudachi, which means friend, and mabuta, which means eyelid.
Mabu was developed by Catalia Health, a startup founded by Cory Kidd and based in San Francisco, Calif. The robot was a successor to Autom, which Kidd had developed at his previous company, Intuitive Automata. Mabu's shape and appearance were created in collaboration with design firm IDEO. With 6 degrees of freedom, the robot can move its head and eyes and is powered by an Android tablet and custom electronics. The first version of Mabu was introduced in 2015.