This Little Robot Teaches Motor Skills to Children with Autism

Meet Leka, the Educational Robot for Children with Special Needs

Children with special needs, including those with autism, could soon be learning motor skills with the help of a round little robot.   

The roly-poly robot, Leka, has a simple, animated face on screen and lights encircling it like a hula hoop around its midsection. It's meant to work with an iPad app as well as a caregiver to encourage directional movement and other skills.

It can roll around and turn independently, based on the activities or games a caregiver selects in the Leka app, and lights illuminate during interactive games, explained Leka founder and CEO Ladislas de Toldi at CES 2017.Credit: LekaCredit: Leka
Leka is currently available for pre-order on Indiegogo for $490, plus $50 shipping to the United States. Schools can pre-order five of the robots, plus five charging docks and educational guides for $2,500, plus $50 shipping.

The first Leka robots are expected to make into kids' hands in November.

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