Robot takes place of sick child in US school

A seven-year-old boy too sick to attend school is keeping up with lessons and his classmates by sending a robot in his place. 

The VGo robot - or “Roboswot” as it has been dubbed - uses a webcam to give Devon Carrow-Sperduti a virtual presence in the classroom. 

Devon, who is unable to attend his school in Buffalo in the US because of life-threatening allergies, can interact with fellow students as well as answer any questions the teacher poses. 

From his computer Devon is also able to see all that can be sighted from the Roboswot’s camera. Likewise, the Roboswot itself has a display so other students can see Devon.

The VGo robot, which costs around £3,000, can travel between classes on its wheeled base. It’s unclear how Devon’s classmates feel about a robot sitting among them, but his mum is clearly a big fan.

“The VGo is basically a virtual Devon," she says. "He does exactly the same schoolwork as any other child. The only difference is that Devon is not in the classroom.”

She failed to add whether Roboswot had ever been given a detention.



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