Robot pal brings school to ailing student

December 10, 2014 4:47 PM

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Robot pal brings school to ailing student

On a typical school day, seventh-grader Max Ladue answers a question from his teacher and chats with classmates at his Durham County public school. But 12-year-old Max, who suffers from a chronic gastrointestinal condition that keeps him homebound, takes part in class through a robot that he controls from his house.

The high-tech VGO Telerobot sits at Max’s desk, with a real-time image of the boy, who sits inside his Durham, N.C., home controlling the robot’s every move through his computer’s Internet. When Max has a question he’d like to answer, a light signals on the robot, prompting the teacher to call on hi...

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