Artificially Intelligent Bears Could Help Kids with Autism

Researchers hopes to help children communicate with the help of robots According to the World Health Organization, approximately 1% of the world’s population has some form of autism. In Mexico, where Dr. Pedro Ponce Cruz, Director of Graduate Studies in Engineering Sciences at Tecnológico de Monterrey resides, that number reaches an estimated one in 300 children. Dr. Ponce Cruz and his team of researchers have developed an artificially intelligent robot to help autistic children express their emotions. The TecO robot stands at just 50 centimeters tall, and has the face and body of a cartoon bear. The team built TecO to help autistic children who struggle with social skills and communication. TecO serves as a robotic companion, helping the child’s psychologist or neurologist understand what’s going on in the mind…

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