5 Promising Robots for Kids with Autism


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Darwin-OP2

The Darwin-OP2 is a humanoid robot created by Chung Hyuk Park, an assistant professor of biomedical engineering at George Washington University. Darwin-OP2 can interact with autistic children by playing soccer, dancing, and performing other activities. For example, Darwin-OP2 can say in a monotone voice that he is excited to "be friends and play soccer" with you as he kicks a little red ball.

The Darwin-OP2 is in the early stages of development, but Yetta Myrick, the mother of a 12-year-old son diagnosed with autism, says the possibilities are intriguing. She says her son, who hasn't met Darwin-OP2, would like the robot because he is less confusing and intimidating than human playmates.

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