Popchilla Links Robot to iPad to Help Kids Learn
Popchilla is a robot that looks like a stuffed toy and is controlled with an iPad or other device. Developers like Sabrina Patel are creating games with it that might help autistic kids learn how to interact with others:
Popchilla's World, for instance, walks a child through the process of brushing teeth (using the touch screen). The stuffed animal -– a "digital puppet" -- that goes with it will have expressions that show it is happy or unhappy. Patel told Discovery News the idea is to get children with autism spectrum disorders to move from practicing on a touch screen to interacting with people in the real world.