Emo is an embodied home assistant with emotional interactions and contextual-understanding abilities developed by the TCL Innovation Lab. Emo explored the enhancement of emotional connection between brands and users by performing anthropomorphic and multimodal interactions. Its innovative triple interactions with devices and humans give Emo the actual personality. By applying the latest AI and IoT technology of TCL, Emo has a high perception of environments and situations by linking with other intelligent devices in the home.
The interaction designs of Emo came from cross-disciplinary research, including Laban movement analysis, Object attachment theory, and HRI theories. Emo was given distinctive vitality through interactive behavior, which distinguished it from other robots in the market. It gives Emo the potentialities to become a family member rather than a simple assistant product. It expands the TCL product portfolio boundaries and proposes a possible solution for future integrated family IoT ecology. This project has been directly presented to top managers of TCL and has been involved in the company's future product strategy.