Kids Teaching Robots to Play Angry Birds Seen as Therapy

July 11, 2014, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

How do you play Angry Birds? Silly query, right? Okay, consider this question. How do you make a robot play Angry Birds?

Now, that isn’t an easy question to answer. But then, a team of researchers seem to have found out how.  Georgia Tech researchers have gone ahead and done the impossible and the way they have done it is by seeking Android aid.

According to folks at Engadget, the researchers paired a robot with an Android tablet, and then took up the task of teaching the robot how to play Angry Birds. The task was undertaken for kids, by the way. The targeted beneficiaries in this experiment were children with motor skill and cognitive disabilities.

GTresearch robot

So this research may be seen as a rehabilitation tool, where these kids can make the robot perform various tasks,  such as playing Angry Birds!

Rehabilitating a child with the above said disabilities would need to touch and swipe the tablet continuously and that could turn out to be boring after some time. However, if you give the child a robotic friend, he might learn to teach the robot on how to play or use the tablet to control it.

Though the kid might take some amount of time to teach the robot, the effort to teach a friend would turn boring stuff into enjoyable stuff.

Take a look at the two videos below,  and you will know what it is all about.

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