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Sproutel a health and research company teamed up with the insurance company Aflac to create a social robot duck as a companion for children going through cancer treatment.
On the duck's chest is a circular sensor and light letting kids use "feeling cards" to change the ducks mood and behaviors.
The "feeling cards" are RFID-enabled circular discs with emojis on them. The one shaped like a rocket ship triggers the duck to play calming sounds.
There is even a PICC line that can be attached to the duck.
This allows the duck to receive chemotherapy medicine helping kids feel less scared about receiving their own.
The duck is covered in a cuddly plush coat that is removable and can be washed.
Under the coat is the body of the robot.
The duck's movements are natural. It even has a breath and a heartbeat.
Here's the chest sensor with the light on. It's a bit reminiscent of E.T.'s belly.
On the head is a light sensor and microphone that adapt to different environments and adjust the duck's behavior accordingly.
This cute guy costs $200 (around £150, AU$255), but Aflac is donating one at no cost to any children newly diagnosed with cancer.
The real Aflac duck made an appearance at CES, too. For more on the My Special Aflac Duck check out my first take.