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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.

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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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  • shoelessinsight
    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
    Anyone else thought Sheldon when they saw the title?
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  • nukemaster
    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
    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
    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
    9412265 said:
    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
    This + "Robot Wars" could redefine schoolyard bullying.
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  • nonoitall
    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
    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
    I'm actually more interested in what disease he has than the fact that he's going Mars with this.
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