By the end of the year, No Isolation plans to release nearly 4,000 robots that help chronically ill children struggle with isolation. Now almost 200 robots created by her are working in Scandinavia, Holland and Great Britain. Prerequisites for that is, in Europe, on average, one in every 100 children is forced to spend up to two months a year in isolation from the school. And some do not leave their room for years.
The AV1 robot has an old-fashioned design and the simplest functionality, in fact it is a chassis for the camera and microphone, which allow to provide the telepresence effect. While the sick child lies in his bed, the car sits in his place in the classroom and works as a “window” in another world.
The robot does not go to school, it needs to be brought and put on a chair. But it can rotate 360 degrees and is equipped with an indication to attract attention if the child wants to communicate with others. It even provides a whisper mode to talk with a neighbor on the desk. The car can be taken for a walk, to a meeting of friends or to a concert – for a teenager who is physically unable to leave his home, this means very much.
The robot is quite expensive – more than 2 000 euros apiece, but the project has great prospects of getting subsidies from the state. Those young patients who have spent six months with AV1 describe an amazing sense of community with the robot – they really seem to be transferred to the places where it is. Therefore, the developers intend to improve their brainchild for at least 50 years, further simplifying its use for a variety of patients.