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Meet Buddy, The AI Robot Helping Teach

Buddy
(Image credit: Future)

Buddy is an artificially intelligent robot that is being shown off at Bett 2022 as a way to help teach students. The smart robot is built to help communicate emotionally with children for connected learning engagement.

That means that this little bot buddy is already being used in hospitals. The robot works in wards where children are in isolation, allowing them to interact and learn. Equipped with cameras, speakers, and microphones -- as well as a healthy dose of processing power -- the little bot is able to communicate verbally with children.

A built-in camera and screen allow children to use the bot for internet calls, which can mean talking to parents or friends when in isolation. For in-school use, this can be used for remote learning with class members not able to attend in the physical room.

Buddy

(Image credit: Future)

The bot also specializes in teaching coding and programming. As such it is being touted as a viable teaching companion, helping teachers in the class to keep students engaged in targeted learning. 

"Agora's real-time-engagement technology has made Buddy very robust and reliable through its telepresence function," says Ali Nhari, Head of Sales at Agora. "It's providing a more human-to-human connection that helps preserve important social connections for children to reduce a sense of isolation."

Buddy is a collaborative result of the efforts of Blue Frog Robotics and Agora.

Buddy

(Image credit: Future)

Luke Edwards is a freelance writer and editor with more than two decades of experience covering tech, science, and health. He writes for many publications covering health tech, software and apps, digital teaching tools, VPNs, TV, audio, smart home, antivirus, broadband, smartphones, cars and much more.