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Robot, computer feed bring Riverside kindergarten pupil to school

By Kate Malongowski, Beaver County Times NORTH SEWICKLEY TWP. ­­ During a math lesson in Chelsea Sharek’s kindergarten class on a recent Friday morning, her young pupils are split into pairs to play a matching game. Among the pairs are Ford Sniezek and Aly Alvin. Aly...

How robots are changing education

By Linda Schmidt, Fox5NY Imagine seeing a robot coming down the hallway in your school. Students at Saint Bartholomew in East Brunswick, New Jersey, see it every day. A robot called VGo enables Tyler Knurek, 13, to attend class and be with his friends while he is...

Robot puts ailing 9-year-old back in school — virtually

By Victor R. Martinez , El Paso Times After nine months out battling leukemia, 9-year-old Jackie Rosales is back in her classroom at John Drugan School. At least a virtual version of her is back. Thanks to an iPad on wheels that displays her face on its screen, Jackie...

Verizon funds robots for senior project

By Renee Gendreau, New Castle News Next month, Cris Colaluca graduates from high school via robot. But, before he does, the Mohawk Area High School senior wants to help others in similar circumstances. Diagnosed with rare seizure disorder as well as spina bifida, the...

Young Man Donates VGo Robots To Children’s Hospital

By Dave Crawley, CBS Pittsburgh PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A traveling robot with a human face and voice rolled through Children’s Hospital Wednesday morning. It’s one of two VGo robots donated by a young man who has benefited from the hospital’s care. “I’m able to do what I...

Telemedicine for Concussion Evaluation

By Dana Lerch, MeMD blog A new pilot program’s results look promising for concussion evaluation among football athletes. The initial findings revealed that onsite physicians and neurologists examining the athletes via a telemedicine robot made the same decisions...

How robots can help kids stay in school

By Pat Harriman, UC Irvine As a child growing up in California, Veronica Newhart was absent from school for weeks at a time due to a congenital heart condition. The loneliness and isolation she felt so many years ago are similar to what children with chronic illnesses...

6-year-old fighting cancer attends class with robot’s help

By Ryan DiPentima, Palm Beach Post Modern technology is helping a young child with cancer attend school as she fights the disease. According to ABC News, 6-year-old Paisley Jane Trojanowski, better known as PJ, was diagnosed with kidney cancer in January, a disease...

Robot allows ill seventh grader to participate in class

From gmnews.com EAST BRUNSWICK — A seventh grader’s school is rallying around him to make his ordeal with cancer as easy as possible. Tyler Knurek missed his fifth grade year due to his initial diagnosis and is dealing with a recurrence this year. While he undergoes...

Telehealth: betting the minimum or all in?

By Daniel Theobald, Chief Innovation Officer, Vecna, and Amanda Baldi, Director of Marketing, Vecna, For For the Record Telehealth is a rising trend: patients prefer it, physicians need it, the market demands it, insurers reimburse for it – and the technology has been...

Robots and the Cloud Help Homebound Kids Attend School

By Maja Tarateta, Fox Business Robots are interacting with patients in medical facilities, handling material in warehouses, working in manufacturing, and helping ill children attend school—all with a hand from the Cloud. Indeed, by linking to the Cloud, robots are...

Vecna named a Bostinno Tech Madness 2017 Finalist

By Morgan O'Brien - BostInno Events Coordinator Tech Madness is our friendly competition to see who the community thinks will be the most valuable tech company in five years. We seed 64 local businesses/startups and put them head-to-head with you, our readers, voting...

Mohawk senior raising funds to allow others to use robots

From New Castle News Granted one wish, Cris Colaluca used it to benefit others. Now, he’s building on that dream. A senior at Mohawk Area High School, Cris has attended class remotely via a VGo robot since seventh grade. In October 2015, he used the wish granted to...