Robot helps diagnose autism in infants

A humanoid robot called Zeno could help improve diagnoses of autism in very young children using nonverbal communication.

The robot, fitted with a Microsoft Kinect sensor could be controlled remotely to speed up the diagnoses process and could be particularly useful in children who have not yet learned to speak and walk.

Conventional means of diagnosis of autism rely on analysing speech and social interaction, which means proper assessment can only be carried out in older children.

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24th July 2014
Engineering and Technology Magazine