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Boy With Severe Allergies Sends Robot to School in His Place

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Unfortunately, it won't get him out of participating in lessons.

For many of us, a day off from school due to illness wasn't a common occurrence. For students like Devon Carrow-Sperduti, who suffers from life-threatening allergies that prevent him from attending school, it's the norm. However, thanks to technology, Devon doesn't actually have to miss any school. Instead, he attends classes by sending a robotic replacement into the classroom.

File image via VGoFile image via VGo The seven-year-old attends classes virtually using the VGo robot, a product of VGo communications that utilizes two-way video and is 100 percent remote controlled. This means Devon can not only see his classmates, but they can see him too, and he can use the VGo to travel from class to class, just like any student would.

The VGo costs around $6000 and uses 10-hour battery. It's controlled from Devon's computer at home. This isn't the first time we've heard of the VGo being used in the classroom, and it likely won't be the last. Sort of brings a new meaning to 'home schooled,' doesn't it?

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    victorious 3930k , October 7, 2012 4:34 PM
    Anyone else thought Sheldon when they saw the title?
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    shoelessinsight , October 7, 2012 4:07 PM
    I missed a lot of school due to illness growing up, somewhere between 1/4-1/3 of my days. Something like this could have been really useful to help me keep up with my classes.

    I would have hated it, of course, since I didn't care for school any more than most kids, but it would have been good for me all the same. I'm glad to see that future children will have this advantage.
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    nukemaster , October 7, 2012 4:51 PM
    victorious 3930kAnyone else thought Sheldon when they saw the title?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bIoeBpSeU4
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4a_jZoU_C0
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    shoelessinsight , October 7, 2012 4:07 PM
    I missed a lot of school due to illness growing up, somewhere between 1/4-1/3 of my days. Something like this could have been really useful to help me keep up with my classes.

    I would have hated it, of course, since I didn't care for school any more than most kids, but it would have been good for me all the same. I'm glad to see that future children will have this advantage.
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    victorious 3930k , October 7, 2012 4:34 PM
    Anyone else thought Sheldon when they saw the title?
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    nukemaster , October 7, 2012 4:51 PM
    victorious 3930kAnyone else thought Sheldon when they saw the title?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bIoeBpSeU4
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4a_jZoU_C0
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    edogawa , October 7, 2012 6:04 PM
    Good he's able to get an education still even with his condition; not many kids could get that opportunity. Best of luck to him in the future.
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    A Bad Day , October 7, 2012 6:27 PM
    edogawaGood he's able to get an education still even with his condition; not many kids could get that opportunity.


    Or would even want to take the opportunity.

    On the other hand, during the swine flu panic, two infected classmates dragged themselves to school...


    ...a week before finals, and they had no concept of sanitation (not covering mouth with arm when coughing/sneezing, never washing hands even after using the toilet, etc). Oh dear lord.
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    edogawa , October 7, 2012 6:54 PM
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    Or would even want to take the opportunity.

    On the other hand, during the swine flu panic, two infected classmates dragged themselves to school...


    ...a week before finals, and they had no concept of sanitation (not covering mouth with arm when coughing/sneezing, never washing hands even after using the toilet, etc). Oh dear lord.



    If kids are infected how are they even allowed into the school? They could spread the sickness to other students


    That is also gross, reminds me of the people at my college, I would say like 35% of the people leaving the bathrooms don't wash their hands, and toilets are covered in crap(literally).
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    jhansonxi , October 7, 2012 8:10 PM
    This + "Robot Wars" could redefine schoolyard bullying.
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    nonoitall , October 7, 2012 8:12 PM
    edogawaGood he's able to get an education still even with his condition; not many kids could get that opportunity. Best of luck to him in the future.

    Maybe I'm missing something, but couldn't many kids in such a position simply school at home without the robot?
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    Kami3k , October 7, 2012 8:25 PM
    nonoitallMaybe I'm missing something, but couldn't many kids in such a position simply school at home without the robot?


    Who will teach them? The parents, the same parents too busy working just to pay basic bills?

    Yea great idea, have him have no place to live.
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    greghome , October 7, 2012 10:17 PM
    I'm actually more interested in what disease he has than the fact that he's going Mars with this.
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    nonoitall , October 7, 2012 10:51 PM
    Kami3kWho will teach them? The parents, the same parents too busy working just to pay basic bills?Yea great idea, have him have no place to live.
    I was home schooled by two working parents. My teachers, while busy, still gave me more individual attention than those who must attend to a class of 30+ students. I'm not saying that I think home school is better than public school or vice versa, but when attending public school is not feasible, there are usually other options available for education, and not all are so radical that a $6000 robot is a prerequisite. ;) 
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    Anonymous , October 7, 2012 11:16 PM
    One toilet swirlie and it's $6000 down the drain. Geddit?
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    Anonymous , October 7, 2012 11:18 PM
    This kid doesn't need a robot, he needs a Quarian (a la Mass Effect) exosuit.
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    drwho1 , October 8, 2012 12:25 AM
    this reminds me of an episode of The Big Bang Theory.
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    spaceinvaderx , October 8, 2012 12:29 AM
    Is it bully proof? What's stopping some little punk from "oops!" hitting this thing and making it fall over or from getting stepped on? Just doesn't look that sturdy to me. Cool, but flimsy...
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    nebun , October 8, 2012 2:38 AM
    what happened with much cheaper technology called a web cam or teleconference....even skype is cheaper....i am a little confused why he is using this overpriced technology
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    Anonymous , October 8, 2012 3:29 AM
    Man I could imagine how I could be a bully to that robot :D  Not that I would, the kid is bad off already.

    Put something blocking the camera, flip the robot over, spill water on it, put it on top of the school, blast an air horn at the mic, so may ways to cause trouble :p 
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    bin1127 , October 8, 2012 4:54 AM
    So I guess peanut butter is allowed back in kid's lunches?
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    NuclearShadow , October 8, 2012 5:29 AM
    If one of the other class mates began to mock and make fun of him would they be bullying or trolling?
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    cats_Paw , October 8, 2012 7:36 AM
    This is actually something nice. I hated to have to ONLY pay attention to the teacher. If you did more than that (even if you could solve the problems anyway) they would takeaway what you were doing since "it distracted" you.

    In my books, doing something you like can expand creativity, as long as you can cope with the lesson at the same time.
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