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Robot avatar for sick boys: This is how Joshua can participate in everyday school life


Seven-year-old Joschua cannot go to his primary school in Berlin because of a serious lung disease - thanks to a little helper, he is still there. A model for the future?

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This is Joschua from the Dandelion Elementary School in Berlin together with his classmates - at least Joschua's avatar.

Because the real Joshua has had to stay at home for a long time due to a serious lung disease.

Joschua Martinangeli, student

"I would really like to go to school."

Because that is not possible, the avatar embodies him in his place in the classroom, so that the other children and the teachers can also perceive him.

The seven-year-old sees what is happening on site via the camera in the head of the AV1 model and can even take an active part in lessons.

Joschua Martinangeli, student

“He can report.

And talk when reporting when I call.

Then Ms. Bölkow also receives a sign that I want to say something.

Then you see on the avatar, on the head here, that I blink white. "

Ute Winterberg, director of the Dandelion Elementary School

“The children talk to him, they laugh with him and one or the other time they chat in class.

And Joshi can do that quite well. "

The district education authority has organized four avatars for the schools in the district - cost point: a total of almost 20,000 euros.

In order to give children more access to classes, for example in quarantine, it is probably too expensive for the time being.

But the robot helps a lot in individual cases.

Ute Winterberg, director of the Dandelion Elementary School

“Well, I don't want to give it up anymore, because of course we expect the situation to calm down, that Joschi can learn in class again, that's much better than at home with a deputy.

But we always have sick children and if it is a broken leg: the children are there. "

According to the manufacturer, the robot cannot film secretly in the classroom.

But before the project could be expanded, questions about insurance and data protection still need to be clarified.

Hopefully that won't matter to Joschua anyway, he'll be able to go back to school soon.

Without a robot.

Source: spiegel

All tech articles on 2022-01-13

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