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School of Nursing Pilots New Interactive Telepresence Robot 

Tiffany Nielsen, telepresence robot, and Susan Tiso

School of Nursing got the chance to pilot a new interactive "telepresence robot" technology that could create a new genre of learning in education, medicine, and informatics.

These robots are Internet-enabled, two-way-video-streaming automatons that have wheels for feet and a screen showing the child’s face at the top of a vertical “body” – act as surrogates. From home, a student controlling the device with a laptop or tablet can see and hear everything in the classroom, talk with friends and the teacher, “raise his or her hand” via flashing lights to ask or answer questions, move around and even go on field trips. 

Telepresence Robot and UCI School of Education doctoral candidate, Veronica Newhart

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