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Robots are invading your kid’s classroom

But they’re the nice kind — the eyes and ears of sick children who are stuck at home.

A rare genetic disorder often prevents 17-year old Jade Gadd from leaving her house. Denied the life most girls her age take for granted, she’s unable to go to school regularly or socialise, leaving her feeling very isolated. This year though, her school attendance is up thanks to a robot she affectionately named “Bee.”

“When I saw her for the first time, I remember thinking this is going to change things” says Jade, who suffers from hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a disease that leaves joints overly flexible and easily dislocated.

“The pain is bad and the dislocations are bad and never knowing whether you’re going to be able to wake up properly tomorrow,” Gadd says. “That’s bad, but what’s worse still is being able to count the people you see a day on one hand.” 

That’s where Bee comes in. Less than a foot tall, the AV1 robot avatar made by Norwegian startup No Isolation is helping her interact with teachers and peers. Equipped with a camera, microphone, and speaker, the robot becomes Jade’s eyes and ears, relaying encrypted video of what’s happening in class, or anywhere else it’s placed. Children who are absent from a classroom for a long time can find it hard to return, having missed out on important developments. With Bee, Jade doesn’t have that problem anymore.

 

© 2017 Bloomberg

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These could also be used to increase the level and quality of education at many of SA’s schools, given the dismal education attendance and intelligence levels of many teachers..

Although they will probably just get trashed and broken within a couple of weeks/months.

SADTU would have a hernia.. bahahaha!

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