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Devon Carrow’s Vgo Machine Facilitates Education Despite Allergie

— September 26, 2012 — Tech
Second grade student Devon Carrow suffers from extreme allergic reactions. His unintentional exposure to foods like peanuts can send him into a bout of severe anaphylactic shock, instantly closing off his esophagus.

Carrow’s harboring of eosinophilic esophagitis disease hasn’t stopped him from fully participating in school. His family has turned to technology to solve their problems with a small VGo machine. The camera device rests on top of tables, affording Carrow with the opportunity to learn from a distance.

While seated at home (approximately 5 miles away from school), Carrow controls the movements of the VGo, turning the monitor and lights to better suit his vision. His teachers treat him like any other student despite his unusual presence in the classroom, further encouraging the youngster to stay on top of his studies.
Trend Themes
1. Remote Learning - The use of technology to facilitate education for students who are unable to physically attend school due to health issues or other circumstances.
2. Telepresence Robotics - The use of robots equipped with cameras and monitors to allow individuals to participate in remote activities and interact with others in real-time.
3. Inclusive Education - The implementation of strategies and tools to ensure that students with disabilities or health conditions can fully participate in educational settings.
Industry Implications
1. Education Technology - Developing and providing innovative solutions that enhance and support remote learning and inclusive education.
2. Robotics - Creating and improving telepresence robots that can be used in various settings, including education, healthcare, and business.
3. Healthcare - Utilizing telepresence robots and other technologies to provide remote healthcare services for patients with limited access to medical facilities.
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