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Avatar Helps Children Recovering from Illness Feel Less Lonely

A small avatar may help children who are recuperating from a long-term illness and feel isolated from their friends and classmates. The robot takes their place in school.  From home or the hospital, the children can hear their teachers and friends, and even take part in class. AV1, an avatar that represents a child who is recovering from a long-term illness and cannot go to school, can be carried between classes by the child’s friends and is placed on the desk where the child usually...

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