NAO Academic Robot Featured in Study on Autism

When Teq launched its partnership earlier this year with Alderbaran Robotics — makers of the NAO Academic Robot — we were excited about introducing an exciting new tool for STEM education, computer programming and engaging students’ critical thinking skills. But the NAO, as it turns out, is also being used to study the effects that robotics can have on children with autism:

Researchers at University of Notre Dame and University of Southern California have found that robots can be less intimidating than humans to some patients. Ray Suarez reports on how researchers are using machines as nontraditional therapists to treat conditions such as autism in children and strokes in seniors. (Source: PBS)

Check out this short video from PBS’s NewsHour, which features the NAO and discusses the results of the researchers’ work, and learn more about NAO here.

Watch Robots Play Part in Treatment for People With Special Needs on PBS.

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