AI Robots for Autism

At LuxAI from Luxembourg, robots are helping autistic children to develop and learn social skills. The AI research has created the robot which can customize the learning, and the knowledge and present it to the socially challenged children so they can assimilate essential skills in this area. It has been challenging to produce the robots which customize the needs of each child and cooperate, talk, play with them in their specific way. It proves that customizing AI to teach the children with learning challenges works.

Encouraging results have been obtained from the robots because they exhibit characteristics which humans, even the best professionals could not mimic entirely, for instance consistency and repetition. While a robot can repeat numerous times the same task until the student produces satisfactory results, the humans might get frustrated or exhausted and stop with rebound and continue later. The AI droids can continue indefinitely until the students learn at least part of the topic/task.

The students with autism can learn in a more flexible manner as their AI-driven “coaches” present more calmness, patience, reliability. The robot built by LuxAI has a height of about two feet, weighs approximately 10 pounds and can express various emotions usefully during their communication with autistic children. The robot is equipped with a RealSense 3D-camera, high-precision speakers and microphone to deliver its personalized messages. It can speak, hear, and see while also conveying customized emotions depending on the conversation with the students and which can be clearly perceived by them.

The company plans to make this robot available to schools and autism centres around the world and it is already present in some areas in the U.S. The novel robot while not the first of its kind, it exhibits traits which no other had before. They are:

  • The ability to produce customized approaches for each child which proves paramount in the educational process
  • Simple, easy to program which leads to effortless creation of software to conduct the tailored behavior of the robot

During the short period the robots started their educational mission for children with autism, the LuxAI robot have influenced the process with outstanding results. The children have made more noteworthy progress compared to the traditional therapies. In an arena where the existent therapies encounter evident obstacles like insufficient availability, limited time to train teachers and steep costs this could be the competent, gratifying answer.

 

Cory Popescu

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