Meet Kaspar: a child-sized humanoid robot designed to engage autistic children and help them communicate with their peers and adults. Kaspar can talk, move its head, imitate eating, play the tambourine, and do a whole lot more. It has easy-to-read facial expressions.
The robot has realistic humanlike, but simplified, features. It doesn’t intimidate children and helps them learn social interactions. Kaspar, developed at the University of Hertfordshire, has already worked with over around 170 autistic children over the years. Reuters has more on the story here.