Marquette Robot Aims to Cut Childhood Obesity

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A recent NPR report on obesity noted a Marquette University electrical engineering professor’s project on toy-like robots that are built and programmed to help get young Americans active and lose weight. According to the report, the robot can talk to children to assess their health needs, understand their commands, demonstrate exercises, and actually exercise with them.

While personal trainers can be expensive, Professor Andrew Williams’s aim is a low-cost robot that can substitute as a health coach in classrooms and even homes. In the above video, WISN TV in Milwaukee shows the robot leading students through push-up and dance exercises.

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