A social robot for children with High Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder
EducationalHookie can run applications and software for special education, adding the advantages of a Smartphone interface and a body with many degrees of freedom. Thanks to Hookie, special education programs can easily and affordably reach families as they can be used at home without the constant help of a special educator or therapist.
SocialHookie can interact and play actively with children, reacting to their facial expressions, their movements and their responses. In short, it's like adding tips to applications like Siri (iPhone's personal assistant), which has already proven successful in dealing with children with autism.
The Hookie ProjectIn recent decades, the number of diagnosed cases of Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) has increased significantly; nowadays, 1 out of 68 children are diagnosed with ASD, and each year there are about 75,000 newborns with ASD in Europe. Recent studies have shown that robotics can play a very important role in this field by alleviating the financial cost of families and improving the quality of educational and social assistance for children.
Thanks to the absence of a fixed user interface and the user can connect his own Smartphone and other available elements, Hookie will be the cheapest functional robot (not just a toy) capable of interacting with children, affordable for families so they can use it at home.
Open and customizable
People dedicated to helping children with ASD can contribute to the design of activities and new functionalities of Hookie thanks to its open software platform. Family, therapists and friends will also be able to use Hookie's 3D printed component libraries to fully customize Hookie.