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The PEBBLES teleconferencing robot from Telbotics is designed to help
kids faced with long hospital stays.
PEBBLES, which stands for Providing Education by Bringing Learning
Environments to Students, is described by Telbotics as the world's first
fully functioning telepresence application.
PEBBLES is being shown off at Wired's NextFest 2006 exhibition at the
Javits Center in NYC this weekend.
PEBBLES consists of two units.
The first sits in the child's hospital room (or home bedroom); it's camera
takes video of the child. It also has a video game controller.
This unit is connected to the teleconferencing robot pictured below.
The child's picture appears on the screen; the camera in the 'head' of the
robot sends back a video stream of the classroom or hallway.
Between classes, the child uses the video game controller to maneuver
the robot to its next destination.