MOVIA Robotics, Inc. is a Connecticut-based robotics company that helps children with learning disabilities. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the company has accelerated the deployment of its Robot-Assisted Instruction (RAI) system for the home ahead of schedule to help families with learning disabled children with the challenges of distance learning.
“We’re working on two scenarios where schools can use these units in the home. In one case, the family would receive a unit and then work with the school for lessons and activities. In the other case, the school would provide the unit to the home and a specialist or teacher could log in to the robot in the child’s home and run the sessions remotely while also doing a video chat. They would have their clinical intervention time because the clinician would be remotely present and the robot would be delivering the intervention,” explains MOVIA Robotics President and Chief Scientist Timothy Gifford.
“The timing is serendipitous. This pandemic is very hard on everyone, but it’s heartening to be able to work on a product that can help in a fundamental way,” he adds.