Charlie is Helping Autistic Children

There is a growing number of autistic children today. There are many established invention programs but there is limited progress in these methods. Different groups of researchers have been using robots as a tool to combat autism. Different robots have been used – mobile robots to teleoperated childlike robots to cartoon characters.

CHARLIE (Child Centered Adaptive Robot for Learning Environments) is the latest addition to this team of robots. Charlie was designed by Laura Boccanfuso of University of South Carolina. Charlie was create to improve communications skills of autistic children, in particular imitation and turn taking. Charlie has a camera that can do face tracking, IR sensors that measures the temperature of the subject and detachable arms to prevent damage in event the child gets a little rough.

Some robots in this area.