Student Sends a Robot to School in His Place for a Week
A young boy from Long Island just got the award for most dedicated student of the year, as he sent a robot to his school rather than miss a week while recovering from surgery.
Jeffrey Kaji had an emergency appendix removal, and was told by doctors that he would have to miss at least a week of school. Many students would rejoice at this news, but Kaji attends Long Island School for the Gifted in South Huntington, and he didn't want to fall behind. His mother, Margie Gurwin, came to his rescue, as she works for a company called A+ Technology and Security Solutions, which, among other things, builds robots that allow users to live stream the world around them.
As seen in the above video, Kaji's face walks around school, attends class, and spends lunchtime with his friends, except now his face is on a screen and is attached to a wheeled machine rather than his body. He can lie in bed and recover from his appendix surgery while speaking, listening, and learning through his robot, as well as controlling all of the robot's movements.
"In the evening, when we sat at dinner and talked about his day at school, it was like he was at school," Gurwin said. "It was all the same stories, except now he's being mobbed because he's the most popular kid there."
This incident is amusing to all involved, but it could have wider implications. Jeffrey only needs the robot for a week, but the technology could potentially go a long way towards helping children who are permanently handicapped receive a normal education. "We see, long term, this can help with students who are disabled, people with physical handicaps," said Steve Cina of A+ Technology. "I think now we can offer it as a service to schools where they can rent or lease a robot for specific situations like this."