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Video: Humanoid Robot Used to Treat Autism
8/13/2012

Zeno, developed by Hanson Robotics, is being used in collaborative research by the University of Texas Arlington and the Dallas Autism Treatment Center to explore new ways of treating children with autism.   (Source: University of Texas Arlington)
Zeno, developed by Hanson Robotics, is being used in collaborative research by the University of Texas Arlington and the Dallas Autism Treatment Center to explore new ways of treating children with autism.
(Source: University of Texas Arlington)

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warren@fourward.com
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Humanoid Robot Used to Treat Autism
warren@fourward.com   8/16/2012 7:17:24 PM
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Interesting how autism increased just as they modified the shots they give the babies to include mercury.  Hmmmm.

But, I am on board with any innovation that will help these families.  There is nothing sadder than not being able to reach one's potential, and if these robots can help then we need them now!  If there is a way to reach them, I am glad it is an engineer doing it!

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Rob Spiegel   8/14/2012 1:06:33 PM
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Thanks Elizabeth. Actually, in my case, it's my daughter. However, the greater incidence is with boys. There are 4.3 boys with autism for every one girl. Technology has always been a big part of my daughter's life -- that and animals -- both more so than friends.

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mrdon   8/14/2012 12:23:22 PM
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Hi Beth,

Your quite welcome. MIT is truly one of many innovative universities working to solve real world problems using cool and fun technology. Here's a link to all of their OCW course material. Enjoy!!!

http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/

mrdon
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Re: A little creepy, but definitely on the right track
mrdon   8/14/2012 12:20:06 PM
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Rob,

Your quite welcome. Yeah, MIT has some wonderful OCW material. I'm always going to the website for project ideas and design inspiration for my ITT Tech Electronics Engineering Technology classes I teach. Speaking of robotics, here's 2 cool MIT OCW courses you might find interesting.

Mobile Autonomous Systems Laboratory:

http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/electrical-engineering-and-computer-science/6-186-mobile-autonomous-systems-laboratory-january-iap-2005/

 

Autonomous Robot Design Competition:

http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/electrical-engineering-and-computer-science/6-270-autonomous-robot-design-competition-january-iap-2005/lecture-notes/

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Elizabeth M   8/14/2012 12:05:22 PM
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Thanks for sharing your personal experience. It's my understanding that robots like Zeno can work with older children and adults as well, so perhaps it's not too late for your son to engage in this sort of treatment to continue the progress he has already made. I wish you the best and thank you again for your interest.

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Re: A little creepy, but definitely on the right track
Rob Spiegel   8/14/2012 9:23:27 AM
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Thanks for the links, MrDon. I didn't realize MIT was engaged in this research and coursework. This is terrific.

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Rob Spiegel   8/14/2012 9:19:02 AM
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I agree, Beth. With technology, there are no unspoken rules. If nothing else, technology is literal.

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Beth Stackpole   8/14/2012 8:26:20 AM
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I think technology is both calming and engaging, but also repetitive and structured--potentially a good mix for autistic kids as opposed to the freeforall that can be human emotions.


Thanks for the links @mrdon: I'm sure those will be really helpful for those who want to learn more about this research.

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notarboca   8/14/2012 1:29:17 AM
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My son is a teenager who is diagnosed as high functioning on the Asperger's scale.  He has learned as he has grown older to respond appropriately to the emotions of others, and to control his own.  I wish Zeno would have been available about 10 years ago, as this type of stimulus/therapy would have enabled him to "catch up" so much quicker, given his interest interest in computers and technology.  A big pat on the back to everyone engaged in this sort of research--you are making a difference.

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Mydesign   8/14/2012 12:39:11 AM
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Charles, autism is effecting in brain. So their understanding and communication skills become weaker. So special education software and tools are required for them to get understand about things. From last several months am associating with an organization, which is doing charity work for kids with autism and other disabilities. We are planning for develop some special software and tools for e-learning of kids having autism.

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