Using Robots to Aid the Autistic

Charles Q. Choi, writing for Txchnologist:

Increasingly, scientists are devising what are called “social robots,” machines such as robotic pets that are designed to interact with people. One such robot invented by researchers in England is the humanoid KASPAR, which stands for Kinesics and Synchronization in Personal Assistant Robotics.

“In a healthcare setting, this could be finding out about how a child acquired a particular injury. In a police or social services setting, this could be finding out about specific events such as cases of abuse and, more importantly, if the child is in any immediate danger,” says roboticist Luke Wood at the University of Hertfordshire in England.

Social robots show a lot of promise in medical and psychiatric settings, but will they be our companions someday, too?