School buys telepresence robot to help sick student
Video screenshot by Tim Hornyak/CNET)
Without machines, Zachary Thomason wouldn’t live very long. The boy has been on a ventilator for all of his 12 years because he suffers from a rare muscle disorder that makes him extremely weak.
Until now, X-linked myotubular myopathy has prevented him from going to school regularly. But since the Paragould School District in Arkansas purchased a $5,000 VGo telepresence robot, chances are he’ll become an avatar-style student soon.
Zach likes to play PlayStation, so he can remote-control the VGo, which is basically a Webcam on wheels. At 4 feet tall, it’s designed to project the user’s presence into a remote location with two-way audio and video, allowing for richer interaction than a phone call or stationary Webcam.
It can be used wherever there’s a Wi-Fi or Verizon 4G LTE signal, and docks itself for a recharge at the click of a button.
- Robots help sick kids go to school
- The robodoctor will see you now
- Test-driving the laser-wielding QB telepresence robot
VGo robots have helped other sick kids go to school, such as … [Read more]
Do robots need a Linux or a Mac OS to thrive?
Robots at sea, in space, and beyond (video)
Paralyzed woman completes London Marathon in robot suit
iRobot military bots learn how to phone home
Exoskeleton hand gives you robo-powered fingers