Researchers at Georgia Tech have paired a robot with an Android tablet, and the robot can be taught to play Angry Birds by children.
The project is designed to be used to help children that are dealing with motor skill and cognitive disabilities, and it is designed to be a rehabilitation tool, and the robot can be taught by the children to perform tasks.
“Imagine that a child’s rehab requires a hundred arm movements to improve precise hand-coordination movements,” said Howard. “He or she must touch and swipe the tablet repeatedly, something that can be boring and monotonous after a while. But if a robotic friend needs help with the game, the child is more likely to take the time to teach it, even if it requires repeating the same instructions over and over again. The person’s desire to help their ‘friend’ can turn a five-minute, bland exercise into a 30-minute session they enjoy.”
The videos show the robot in action playing Angry Birds, it watches and records what the child does, and then copies the actions when it is their turn.
It certainly looks like an interesting project, you can find out more information about the project over at Georgia Tech.
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