Thursday, February 16, 2006

Robots to Reach Autistic Kids

From Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
Autonomous Systems Lab, a group of doll robots called Robota, that are designed to interact with autistic children.

For example:
"The AuRoRA Project studies if and how robots can become a "toy" that might serve an educational or therapeutic role for children with autism. Our main aim is to engage children with autism in coordinated and synchronized interactions with the environment thus helping them to develop and increase their communication and social interaction skills."
Catch some movies here.

The dolls can mimic arm and head movements and respond to speech. And creepy eyes.
How does it compete with Let's Dance Barbie?
"Barbie® doll can follow the girl's dance moves, teach the girl a new move by demonstrating and saying phrases, or dance to music while the girl watches."

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