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Interactive robot soothes autistic children

With cameras that track head movements, robot responds to child's needs and provides verbal prompts.

Last Modified: 29 Apr 2013 21:04
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Developing social skills is a big challenge for the growing number of children in the United States who suffer from autism.

Now, however, some children are getting help with their interpersonal relations from an unlikely source, a robot called NAO.

Using a series of web cameras that track head movements, the robot responds to the child's needs and provides instruction through verbal prompts.

Al Jazeera's Kimberly Halkett reports from Nashville, Tennessee.

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