The robot that detects early signs of autism

by Nicola Dotto - 2014.01.17
The robot that detects early signs of autism
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How can you pick up the early signs that your child has autism? In Croatia, with the help of technology and robotics, a group of researchers and scientists has created 'Rene', a humanoid robot equipped with a camera, microphone and speakers, who can diagnose the syndrome straight away. Rene records the child's voice and assesses how he or she establishes eye contact and how the child approaches and behaves with his or her parents. Those with autism lack some social interactions, have communication difficulties and a limited range of behaviours. Therefore, it's easier for them to interact with a machine. Rene gives simple, standardised, repetitive stimuli, which help the child to focus on a single, clear message, without all the variables that characterise humans and confuse children with autism. The project is innovative because so far the use of robotics has been limited exclusively to treatment of the condition, rather than on the diagnosis.

Published in Autism, Mental disability.
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