Robot with diabetes developed in Hertfordshire
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Robin is programmed to act like a child with diabetes to help youngsters with the condition
A robot is being developed to mimic a diabetic toddler to help children recognise symptoms of the condition.
Robin, short for "Robot Infant", is being developed at the University of Hertfordshire and can speak words including "hungry" and "hug me".
Developers said it was aimed at children aged seven to 12 to help youngsters learning to manage diabetes.
Diabetes UK said it had "been watching the development of Robin with great interest".
"It's really exciting to see this type of technology being used to help children accept and become more confident about their diabetes," said spokesman Simon O'Neill.
'Sense of responsibility'
Dr Lola Canamero and Dr Matthew Lewis designed and wrote the £5,800 robot's character.
"We try to give [children] a sense of responsibility and let them bond with the robot to understand that their actions can help with his diabetes and reinforce the sort of behaviours we'd like to see in them," said Dr Lewis.
"We would like to try multiple interactions; so far children have only spent half an hour with Robin in just one session.
"We'd like to have them interact with him several times and feel that they've improved.
"There are a limited number of behaviours Robin has at the moment which are sufficient for a half hour interaction but, for example, Robin only has a small number of words that he speaks. He also doesn't respond to noises."
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