SK Telecom would provide free meditation service called “NUGU MindView” through its artificial intelligence speaker NUGU to people participating in “social distancing.” South Korea’s largest wireless carrier started giving out free AI speakers on March 19.
Recently, health officials implemented the practice of “social distancing” to stop the spread of the new coronavirus. The method includes avoiding crowds, staying at home, and refraining from touching one another.
Although social distancing could make living lonely, inconvenient, and even frightening for some, it is for the greater good.
SK Telecom originally intended “NUGU MindView” as part of the company’s “Mindfulness” program for the well-being of the devices’ users. The telecom company recently completed the development of the service to all customers amid the COVID-19 outbreak situation.
SK Telecom hopes the “NUGU MindView” to help participants of the social distancing practice to cope with the stress and anxiety caused by the coronavirus spread. The company expects the service to support the national and local governments and medical organizations’ call for strengthened psychological treatment.
Since 2019, the company provided numerous services that support care for the elderly, such as anti-dementia services and emergency calls. Other AI speakers also have strengths in non-face sensitive services showcasing the possible social value of AI services.
AI speaker NUGU boasts over 7 million users monthly. SK Telecom would provide a total of 41 types of meditation content free of charge. The content breaks down to two kinds of morning and evening meditation, 11 kinds of self-love meditation, and 20 kinds of breathing meditation. The “NUGU MindView” service also contains eight types of COVID-19-related meditation content.
SK Telecom would provide all free content at the Seoul Medical Center and also at Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters distributing individual QR codes. The company also expects the materials to ensure the psychological health of confirmed and quarantined COVID-19 infected patients.