Robotic teddy bears help hospitalized children

Robotic teddy bears help hospitalized children. A study at Boston Children's Hospital showed improved moods and social emotional outcomes in children who played with a robotic teddy bear named Huggable. Designed by MIT and Northeastern University, Huggable is a consistent companion for children who may be anxious about their procedures and interacting with multiple medical staff throughout any given day. Parents and children noticed improved moods and lower levels of pain. Huggable is currently operated by a specialist; researchers hope to develop autonomous versions that children can bring home. MIT News