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What, Avatar Robot Goes To School For ill German Boy?

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Avatar Robot is going to school for an ill German boy Joshua Martinangeli.

Technology has changed each and every factor of our life and the live example we have today is of a German Student, Joshua Martinangeli.

Joshua Martinangeli, 7, is too ill to go to school but the German student can still interact with his teacher and classmates through an avatar robot.

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"The children talk to him, laugh with him and sometimes even chitchat with him during the lesson. Joshi can do that quite well, too," Ute Winterberg, headmistress at the Pusteblume-Grundschule in Berlin, told Reuters in an interview.

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Joshua cannot attend classes because he wears a tube in his neck due to a severe lung disease, said his mother, Simone Martinangeli. The project is a private initiative paid for by the local council in the Berlin district Marzahn-Hellersdorf.

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"We are the only district in Berlin that has bought four avatars for its schools. The impetus was COVID-19, but I think this will be the future well beyond the pandemic," said district education councillor Torsten Kuehne.

"It does happen from time to time, for various reasons, that a child cannot go to class in person. Then, the avatar can give that child a chance to remain part of the school community," Kuehne said.

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