'My Special Aflac Duck' is a robot to help kids with cancer

'My Special Aflac Duck' is a robot to help kids with cancer


Publication Title
CNET
Publication/Creation Date
January 10 2018
Creators/Contributors
Patrick Holland (creator)
Aflac (contributor)
Sproutel (contributor)
Persuasive Intent
Information
Description
The insurance company, Aflac, has teamed up with the research company, Sproutel, to create "My Special Aflac Duck", a robotic duck designed to comfort children that are dealing with cancer. The duck is meant  to act as a toy that children can act as a caretaker for, giving these kids a chance to feel like they're in control in a time where it's desperately needed. Aflac and Sproutel researched ducks and their behaviours for over a year so they could make their product as realistic as possible. The product is equipped with sensors that are reactive to touch and light, as well as a speaker that allows the robot to mimic a real duck as much as possible.
HCI Platform
Robotical
Relation to Body
Around
Technology Keywords
Social Robots, Robots
Source
https://www.cnet.com/news/my-special-aflac-duck-robot-helps-kids-through-cancer/

Date archived
April 17 2018
Last edited
July 5 2021
How to cite this entry
Patrick Holland. (January 10 2018). "'My Special Aflac Duck' is a robot to help kids with cancer". CNET. CBS Interactive Inc.. Fabric of Digital Life. https://fabricofdigitallife.com/Detail/objects/2944