Click on the link below to see the robot at work. He is doing a Tai Chi routine, which I started to do with him…thus the poor camera work for a few seconds. Bear with me, it’s worth it. http://youtu.be/6dwrK4y3Vkg
Nao, as the robot is called, is currently being piloted at an elementary school in Haverhill, MA. He can play games, ask questions and interact with children in a much more predictable way than the typical preschooler and is a bit hit with many of the children with autism.
The robot. At the CEC convention in April in Philadelphia I was checking out the vendors. One of interest to me was this beautiful, little robot. Most people just watched for a while and moved on, but I was interested in what this little guy could do. The gentlemen with whom I spoke was the inventor of the robot. He told me that he had brought the robot to an event and all of sudden, he heard a woman crying. Her son, a little boy with a diagnosis of autism was interacting with the robot. This was the first thing that had ever maintained her child’s attention. Since then the robot is being piloting in a integrated preschools around the country. Recently the Boston Globe ran a short article on the robot and its possibility for helping children with special needs. With a price tag of about $10,000, it might be worth it.