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This Aflac robot duck helps kids living with cancer

Published on January 14, 2018


Special Aflac Duck for children facing cancer

By Brett Molina

A plush, robotic duck may soon become a fixture in the world of children who have cancer. The social robot is modeled after the duck mascot for the insurance company, Aflac, which paid for its development.

One of the highlights of attending the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas are the robots. But one robot companion stands out as the most heartwarming.

Insurance company Aflac unveiled My Special Aflac Duck, a social robot companion resembling its mascot for children with cancer.

Users can manage the duck using a web-based app. The smart companion will mirror young patients’ moods, go through the same therapies, and will dance, quack and nuzzle to help comfort kids.

Aflac worked with tech company Sproutel to create My Special Aflac Duck.

“On average, childhood cancer treatment lasts more than 1,000 days, and we thought there must be something we can do to help alleviate some of the burden,” said Aaron J. Horowitz, CEO and co-founder of Sproutel, in a statement.

Read more from the source… USA TODAY

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