Kansas school test robots with autistic children

Witchita, Kan – An autism specific school in Witchita, Kansas is testing out social robots with their pupils to develop their social and human interaction skills. The experimental program at Heartspring features $16,000 robots that are programmed to sing, converse, dance, recognise faces, features, and even calm themselves after they fall. One robot was programmed […]

Romibo – Researchers Seek Funding for Affordable Therapy Robot

It is a known fact that children with autism do not develop social reciprocity with the same ease as their typically-developing peers. One of the main obstacles is the complex and subtle nature of human social cues. Children with autism tend to be literal thinkers who are comfortable with routine and sameness, and social interaction […]

The Best Robots for Children with Autism

Autism is a developmental disability that affects communication and social skills.  As the rate of diagnosed cases of autism continues to rise, researchers are searching for ways to help people afflicted by this complex disability.  Since many children with autism are naturally attracted to computers and technology, it follows that offering a product combining technology […]

Could Robot Therapists be the Wave of the Future?

Teaching social skills to children with autism has been a challenge for parents and educators alike.  Many children with autism are simply not motivated to interact with other people, but they do seem to gravitate towards technology.  This led some researchers to question whether combining technology and human characteristics could be an avenue to teach […]

New technologies for autism

Using technology is not a new concept for many autistic children. Apps on smart phones, voice recognition software, books on tape, and special pencil grips are all used widely today by autistic children and adults. Now there are several new developments in both software and hardware with a goal of helping autistic children in the […]

Interview with Carlos Saldanha on his new movie Rio2

Carlos Saldanha (born July 20, 1968) is a Brazilian director of animated films. He was the director of Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006), Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009) and Rio (2011), and the co-director of Ice Age (2002) and Robots (2005). Saldanha was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He left his hometown […]