Robot Proxy in the Classroom for Home Bound Students

Is this the way of the future?

“Lexie Kinder solves problems during math class, earns gold stars from her teacher and jokes with classmates at her elementary school.  All without leaving her living room.”

“A small but quickly growing number of chronically ill students — at least 50 across the country — now attend school virtually with what are called “remote presence robots.” The technology is still expensive (a VGo costs $6,000, in addition to $1,200 a year for maintenance and other costs) and imperfect (when the robot loses its Internet connection, it goes lifeless and must be pushed).”

Photo by: John W. Adkisson for The New York Times

For more information: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/08/education/for-homebound-students-a-robot-proxy-in-the-classroom.html?pagewanted=all&_r=1&

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