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How robots can help kids


Caeser the Humanoid Robot doesn’t look very human. He’s just a white plastic head with big googly eyes, horizontal blocks for eyebrows and a wire for a mouth. When a guy called Khaled meets Caeser he smiles. Ceaser smiles back. He frowns, Caeser’s eyebrows turn inwards and his mouth makes an inverted U-shape. Caeser’s facial expressions are a textbook study in cartoon emotion.

KHALED: He looks like someone walked in but he shouldn’t be there.

He is there because he’s designed to help autistic children express and recognize emotion, according to one of its makers Jared Frank.

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