High school freshman Lyndon Baty's immune system is so weak that he can't be around other kids his age. But by using a new telepresence robot called Vgo, he can still attend school and interact with his classmates from home.
The 4-ft high Vgo has a video screen, camera, and speaker, and Baty simply logs in from the computer in his relatively germ free home. What makes this really cool is that Baty can steer the Vgo from classroom to classroom, and even go to lunch with the other students. Okay, so it's not exactly like being there, but it's a big improvement over sitting alone at home all day with no personal interaction at all.
You might expect kids his age to be kind of cruel about someone in his kind of predicament, but at least in the video, they seem to be surprisingly accepting of the situation.
At around $6000, Vgo is more affordable than most other telepresence robots.