We’ve been having trouble with getting people to respond for our interviews, but in the end we decided on interviewing an individual who intimately understands children with autism, in asking if they would use such technology with their own child with autism. We wanted to find out the concerns as well from a more personal level.
Our team is very close to finishing up the project! We worked on our evaluative paper, deciding that though Milo has many benefits to therapy, we believe that our society must be aware of the effects of such technology in replacing human interaction in our lives. We do not think robots should replace human interaction but should supplement our lives.
Right now our team is finishing up our presentation, and we’ve been thoroughly enjoying the process of learning about social robots. There are many opportunities for robots like Milo in the future and we have seen many testimonials and encouragements to how individuals with autism are benefiting from technology like Milo!
Here is another story about how Milo is currently helping out kids: http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/2016/12/12/humanoid-robot-milo-helps-students-autism-williamson-county/94598966/
This is a very informative paper on how the Yale Child Study Center found that robots provide motivation and engagement in therapy. The researchers took data such as eye tracking, gaze direction, and focus on attention to understand how children with autism interact with robots. This was a very nicely laid out paper and full of great information!
Here’s an actual interview transcript with RoboKind, the creators of Milo.
Currently, one Milo costs $5,000, which may sound pricy but in comparison to how many resources and money therapy costs for families with children with autism, this can definitely help if integrated in therapy and school settings. These robots can make a change!
We found this really awesome video that shows how Milo moves around, talks, interacts with, and responds to individuals. He’s a spunky robot with a lot of personality and whimsicality! Take a look for yourself!
Here is a case study in Spartansburg, South Carolina in a school that showcased how children with autism improved after interacting with Milo!
After children interacted with Milo, they increased their :
- eye contact
- calming down behaviors to reduce behavioral issues
- two-sided conversations on appropriate topics.
This was definitely a success for Robots4Autism!