This article was published on December 24, 2021

Miss Tamagotchis? Bring this cute little robot friend into your life

The Eilik bot is full of personality


Miss Tamagotchis? Bring this cute little robot friend into your life
Ioanna Lykiardopoulou
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Ioanna Lykiardopoulou

Ioanna is a writer at SHIFT. She likes the transition from old to modern, and she's all about shifting perspectives. Ioanna is a writer at SHIFT. She likes the transition from old to modern, and she's all about shifting perspectives.

When I was in my teens I desperately wanted a pet, but my parents wouldn’t allow it, so they got me the next best thing: yes, a Tamagotchi.

I loved it. It was my best friend for a while and I was feeling very attached to it. But then its constant demand for attention started driving me crazy, all these bleeps and bloops as it called out for food and petting made me hate it at times, but also deepened my relationship with it. Anyway. Soon enough, I outgrew it, stopped looking after it, and it died.

Do I still miss it, though? Yes, I do and I think I’ve found the best replacement for it — because now I’m an adult and I need something more advanced.

Meet the Eilik, this ultra-cute little bot that promises to be my next tabletop companion!

Eilik robot
My god, I want it! Credit: Energize Lab

Eilik isn’t a super-smart robot, but it has an emotive personality, and is designed to interact you with you like a friend.

Its creators at Energize Lab have equipped it with four emotional states: normal, happy, angry, and sad. Eilik uses dynamic animations, a speaker, a vibration motor, and a 25-fps OLED screen to express himself vividly.

He has a whole set of expressions like laughing, yelling, crying, (my favorite) cursing, and being depressed, speechless, or disappointed. 

He responds to touch

Credit: Energize Lab

Eilik has touch sensors all over his body. He feels happy when you touch his head, laughs when you tickle his belly, and feels shy when you rub his bottom.

He doesn’t like vibrations

Credit: Energize Lab

If you hit his head, he’ll get dizzy and if you hit the table, he’ll get scared. You need to tap him gently on the head to calm him down.

He’s afraid of heights

Credi: Energize Lab

Eilik feels insecure when he’s held off the ground. He’ll start to cry and get annoyed, until you hold  him tight in your hands.

He loves to play with his peers

Credit: Energize Lab

Yes, Eilik is a social bot and loves hanging out with his fellow Eiliks. So cute!

He wants to be your assistant

Okay, Eilik won’t do your chores or write up emails for you, but he can act as an alarm clock, a stopwatch, or a Pomodoro timer. Plus, you can connect it with your PC to get future updates like extra functions, more expressions, and better plot content. 

Eilik robot
Credit: Energizer Lab

And here’s what he looks like on the inside:

Eilik robot
Credit: Energize Lab

Well, I don’t know about you, but I’m totally sold. I’m already imagining an Eilik on my desk doing stupid expressions, while I’m trying to focus on work. Yes, my desk definitely needs some personality.

Only one question remains: when can I have it? Having secured the necessary funding via a Kickstarter campaign, Energizer Lab will begin mass production in February 2022, and start global deliveries in April. And with a $109 price tag, this is what I consider value for money. Here’s hoping the company delivers on its crowdfunding campaign promises.

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