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tailfins
09-17-2014, 03:51 PM
If I had been provided one of these robots as a kid, I would have lost what little desire for social interaction I did possess. I predict these kids will decide that a robot friend is less trouble than a human friend. Good luck trying to take the robot away.

They cost 12 grand:
This robot requires advanced programming and is not ready to be an autonomous companion :laugh:

http://www.robotshop.com/en/robotis-darwin-op-advanced-humanoid-robot-deluxe.html?gclid=Cj0KEQjw4uSgBRDZveXz9M-E1aoBEiQA2RMP6oU6NEJKOBmMjkKoGwRArmKG-Wwalf6EN0Qq8-34mrsaAlA-8P8HAQ


This week, a team of researchers from the USC Viterbi School of Engineering will share results from a pilot study on the effects of using humanoid robots to help children with autism practice imitation behavior in order to encourage their autonomy.

http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2014/august-28-2014.htm