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My Special Aflac Duck

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.

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Chest sensor

On the duck's chest is a circular sensor and light letting kids use "feeling cards" to change the ducks mood and behaviors.

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Feeling cards

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.

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Picc line

There is even a PICC line that can be attached to the duck.

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Chemotherapy

This allows the duck to receive chemotherapy medicine helping kids feel less scared about receiving their own.

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Removable plushness

The duck is covered in a cuddly plush coat that is removable and can be washed.

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A naked robot duck

Under the coat is the body of the robot.

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A naked robot duck

The duck's movements are natural. It even has a breath and a heartbeat.

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Chest sensor and light

Here's the chest sensor with the light on. It's a bit reminiscent of E.T.'s belly.

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Light sensor and microphone

On the head is a light sensor and microphone that adapt to different environments and adjust the duck's behavior accordingly.

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Simply adorable

This cute guy costs $200 (around £150, AU$255), but Aflac is donating one at no cost to any children newly diagnosed with cancer.

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Will the real Aflac duck please stand up?

The real Aflac duck made an appearance at CES, too. For more on the My Special Aflac Duck check out my first take.

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