January 8, 2018 | Israeli startup Intuition Robotics, which made headlines in 2017 for its ElliQ social companion, an AI-powered robot companion meant to improve the lives of the aging population, has been named the Best of Innovation Winner in the smart home category at the annual CES conference in Las Vegas. The small tabletop robot helps the elderly connect to the outside world and keep active and engaged. ElliQ can suggest content to watch, give reminders about appointments, and set up chats with friends, among other functions. CEO and co-founder of Intuition Robotics, Dor Skuler, said in a statement: “We are honored to see the industry recognize the collaborative work we have done with older adults in awarding our product, ElliQ, the CES Best of Innovation Honoree award in the highly competitive Smart Home category.” Founded in 2015 by Skuler, Itai Mendelsohn, and Roy Amir, the company raised over $20 million in 2017, including $14 million from Toyota AI Ventures, the investment arm of the Japanese auto giant. Last summer, the Ramat Gan-based company opened an office in San Francisco as it looked to recruit staff and ramp up testing of its product.