Therapists often find it hard to attract and retain the attention of autistic children, and using robots has been shown to be particularly helpful. QTrobot from LuxAI has made the breakthrough by being easy to program via a mobile or tablet app.

This lovable 63cm droid displays emotional cues via its screen “face” and its moving head, arms and upper body, which move to replicate human body language. Using the latest artificial intelligence tools makes it instantly interactive, with a 3D camera able to detect facial expressions and react accordingly. Similarly, voice recognition software makes the robot able to respond to vocal queues, including talking in six languages.

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photo credit: Lux Future Lab