Robot duck’s aim: Helps kids with cancer via power of play

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Robot duck’s aim: Helps kids with cancer via power of play

In this undated photo made from video, 12-year-old cancer patient Ethan Daniels at medical facility in Atlanta speaks with Aaron Horowitz, co-founder and CEO of Sproutel, who designed “My Special Aflac Duck” to promote emotional well-being by helping children living with cancer develop a sense of control and manage stress through interactive technology.
In this undated photo made from video, 5-year-old cancer patient Alex Bridges speaks to a nurse and being comforted by robotic duck just before treatment at medical facility in Atlanta. A plush, robotic duck may soon become a fixture in the world of children who have cancer. The social robot can be silly, happy, angry, scared or sick just like them, and help them cope creatively with their illness through the power of play.

Robot duck’s aim: Helps kids with cancer via power of play

In this undated photo made from video, 12-year-old cancer patient Ethan Daniels at medical facility in Atlanta speaks with Aaron Horowitz, co-founder and CEO of Sproutel, who designed “My Special Aflac Duck” to promote emotional well-being by helping children living with cancer develop a sense of control and manage stress through interactive technology.
In this undated photo made from video, 5-year-old cancer patient Alex Bridges speaks to a nurse and being comforted by robotic duck just before treatment at medical facility in Atlanta. A plush, robotic duck may soon become a fixture in the world of children who have cancer. The social robot can be silly, happy, angry, scared or sick just like them, and help them cope creatively with their illness through the power of play.