Robot Helps Sick Children Feel Less Lonely
From VOA Learning English, this is the Health and Lifestyle Report.
A small robot may help children who are recovering from a long-term illnesses in the hospital or at home.
These children may feel isolated from their friends and classmates. The robot takes their place at school. Through the robot, the children can hear their teachers and friends. They also can take part in class from wherever they are recovering.
Anyone who has had a long-term illness knows that recovering at home can be lonely. This is can be especially true of children. They may feel left out.
Now, these children may have a high-tech friend to help feel less alone. And that friend is a robot.
The robot is called AV1. AV1 goes to school for a child who is homebound while recovering from a long-term illness. And the child's school friends must help. They carry the robot between classes and place the robot on the child's desk.
A Norwegian company called No Isolation created the robot. The co-founders of No Isolation are Karen Dolva and Marius Aabel.
Dolva explains how the robot AV1 works. She says from home, the child uses a tablet or phone to start the robot. Then they use the same device to control the robot's movements.
At school, the robot becomes the eyes, ears and voice of the child.
"So, it sits at the child's desk in the classroom and the child uses a tablet or a phone to start it, control its movement with touch, and talk through it. So it's the eyes and the ears and the voice at school."
The student can take part in classroom activities from wherever they are recovering – whether at home or from a hospital bed. The robot is equipped with speakers, microphones and cameras that makes communicating easy. Again, here is Dolva.
"It has speakers and microphones and cameras, and when the child speaks at home or in the hospital to his iPad it just comes out."
The avatar was designed to be tough. It is water resistant and can take a fall from a desk without damage.
Inside AV1, there is a small computer connected to a 4G network. A small camera hooked up to a small computer could do the job. But that would not be the same.
AV1 is large and looks like a human for a reason. Dolva says this is important because the robot is supposed to be a friend to the children.
"(It) can't be just a tiny camera because the other kids can't pick it up and take it with them. This is supposed to be their friend."
And robots are, quite simply, cool. The robot just became available to the public. Hopefully AV1 will help some children feel less lonely while they are absent from class.
I'm Anna Matteo.
1.take part in 参与
If you want knowledge, you must take part in the practice of changing reality.
2.left out 忽视
Some people have left out of embarrassment at what's happened to them.
There has been a shift from smokestack industries into high-tech ones.
The homebound folks also had an increased risk of other cognitive impairments and a faster rate of cognitive decline.
1.It is water resistant and can take a fall from a desk without damage.
take a fall 跌落；打倒
I'd take another chance, take a fall, take a shot for you.
Some friends of yours are over there now setting you up to take a big fall.
2."(It) can't be just a tiny camera because the other kids can't pick it up and take it with them.
pick up 捡起；获得
Where did you pick up your English?
We drove to the airport the next morning to pick up Susan.
患病儿童可能会觉得与朋友、同学逐渐隔绝 。这一款机器人可以代替他们去上学 。通过机器人，患病儿童能够听到老师和朋友们讲话，无论身处何地，患病儿童都可以参与课堂活动 。
患有长期疾病的人都了解在家休养十分孤独 。患病儿童的孤独感尤其强烈，他们可能会觉得自己被孤立了 。
而现在，这些孩子在高科技朋友的陪伴可以减少孤独感 。这个朋友就是机器人 。
这款机器人名叫AV1 。AV1可以代替那些长期患病需要休养的孩子们上学 。而这需要孩子的同学帮忙 。他们需要把机器人带到课堂并放到孩子的课桌上 。
这个机器人是一家名为“不再孤独”的挪威公司研发的 。凯伦·多尔瓦（Karen Dolva）和马吕斯·阿贝尔（Marius Aabel）是该公司的联合创始人 。
多尔瓦解释了AV1机器人的工作原理 。她称，孩子在家用平板电脑或手机启动机器人，然后利用该设备控制机器人的行动 。
她说，“机器人坐在孩子的课桌上，孩子借助平板电脑或手机将其启动并通过触摸屏幕控制机器人行动和说话 。所以，机器人是孩子在学校的眼睛、耳朵和嘴巴 。”
无论孩子是在家里还医院的病床上，他们都可以参加课堂活动 。该款机器人还配有扬声器、麦克风和摄像头，这让交流变得很简单 。以下又是Dolva发言：
该机器人设计得十分耐用 。它不但防水，而且从桌子上跌落也不会损坏 。
AV1内部有一台可连接4G网络的微型电脑 。一个连接微型电脑的小摄像头能够完成这项工作 。但这是不一样的 。
AV1外形酷似人类是有原因的 。多尔瓦表示，这非常重要，因为机器人就是孩子们的朋友 。
“不能只有一个小摄像头，因为那样的话，其他孩子无法拿起来并随身携带 。机器人本就应该是孩子的朋友 。”
机器人外形简洁酷炫 。该机器人最近刚刚上市销售 。希望AV1帮助孩子们减少无法上学时的孤独感 。