Curator: Lori White
America, meet your robot overlord.
Huggable is the MIT-created robot with a crazy kid voice that hangs out in pediatric cancer wards.
NOT SO FAST, MR. HAWKING
"Huggable's purpose is to interact on an emotional level with children."
— Luke Plummer, MIT robotics engineer
"Why do these kids with cancer need a teddy bear?!?" — something a very dark part of my inner monologue just said to me.
The stress of treatment could cause a range of chronic problems, from phobia and anxiety for minor medical procedures, such as blood taking, to panic attack under difficult conditions. This view is further supported by studies focused on stress in children during the treatment for cancer.
On the contrary,