Friendly robot helps children with autism

A child-size humanoid is being used to help teach autistic children social skills

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A robot, named KASPAR (Kinesics and Synchronisation in Personal Assistant Robots), has been created to help children with autism learn to communicate.

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Designed as a playmate and developed at the University of Hertfordshire, KASPAR can only show a few emotions so that his play partners don’t feel overwhelmed and are able to interpret his expressions as they interact with him.

Scientists believe that robots could be used more frequently to try and help children with autism in the future.

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KASPAR, and two other robots, are currently on display at the Science Museum in London.

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