August 28, 2009

Robots Assist Autistic Children

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When Nilanjan Sarkar's nephew was diagnosed with autism, he took what he had learned about robotics and physiological measurement (skin response, temperature, muscle response) and decided to apply it to kids with ASD. Teaming with Wendy Stone, they developed a robot that was not only sensitive to the kids' emotional state, but could be responsive to their needs. Working from Vanderbilt University Medical Center, they found that they became more positive when the computer was responsive. We call that one small step and a huge leap.

Via Vanderbilt University


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Posted by Sheila Franklin at August 28, 2009 8:50 AM
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