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Robot helps autistic children develop social skills

Robot helps autistic children develop social skills | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it
Meet Russell. His lack of human emotions makes him an ideal conversation partner for non-communicative kids
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Laura Wiesner's curator insight, December 8, 2013 10:55 PM

This article is talking about how a robot can be able to help develop social skills in autistic children. I think this could be a breakthrough and it could help many autistic children Around the world. If the robots were able to become more well known and cheaper to create,this could be a very helpful tool in dealing with autism For all kids despite financial differences. 

Richard Platt's curator insight, January 11, 2014 10:30 AM

Another use case worth checking out

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The iRobot Doc Will See You Now: Roomba Maker Enters the ER

The iRobot Doc Will See You Now: Roomba Maker Enters the ER | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

RP-VITA (Remote Presence Virtual + Independent Telemedicine Assistant), unveiled this week at the Clinical Innovations Forum in Santa Barbara, is a remote-controlled telepresence robot that combines InTouch’s “telemedicine” technology and the autonomous navigation innovations introduced in iRobots’ AVA robot at CES in 2011.

 

It may be controlled via joystick, but RP-Vita does have some awareness of its environment. It employs a dazzling array of sensors that include PrimeSense Sensors (the same ones you find in the Kinect for Xbox 360), two cameras that together approximate normal human vision, sonar and a laser range finder. It also creates a map of the hospital and knows the location, for example, of its roll-into charging base.

 

RP-Vita is not, at least for now, designed for run of the mill checkup and house calls. It focuses on urgent care in the emergency room and ICU. Once RP-Vita is in place, it can, via local Wi-Fi and a cloud based medical record system, collect patient data and, with another care-giver present, check vital signs via connected octoscopes, ultrasound devices and a built-in stethoscope.

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