Norwegian researchers have developed a novel way to keep children recovering from long-term illness connected to their friends and their education from their sickbed. An avatar robot is placed at the child’s desk and controlled by the pupil from their home via cameras, microphones, and speakers, allowing them to contribute to lessons and avoid the crippling social isolation caused by long-term absence. Matthew Stock reports.
A Norwegian startup hopes to end the loneliness of children with long-term illness. By having an avatar represent them in the classroom Long days at home without school or friends can be traumatic for children who are very ill. from Reuters.