Interactive robot to promote rehabilitation for children with special needs

NAO, a humanoid robot described by his creators as a "little character with a unique combination of hardware and software," can read your moods, recognize your family members, and learn your preferences in music, movies, and food. A team of researchers at the University of Delaware recently received a grant from the National Institutes of Health to explore the use of the 22-inch robot in a new approach to pediatric rehabilitation based on social interaction between robots and humans.


Photo: a child touches the robot

Researchers will explore the use of an interactive anthropomorphic robot called NAO in a new approach to pediatric rehabilitation; © Doug Baker, University of Delaware