Boy With Severe Allergies Sends Robot to School in His Place

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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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • Anyone else thought Sheldon when they saw the title?
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  • 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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