Japanese Schools Installing Telepresence Robots for Students Who Want to Stay Home

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Story by Maggie Harrison, The_Byte

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Feeling anxious about going to school? A school district in Kumamoto, Japan thinks it might have a solution.

According to the Japanese newspaper The Mainichi, the southwestern Japanese city will soon allow some students to attend class via telepresence robot in a fascinatingly futuristic — if eccentric — effort to tackle the school district’s attendance problem, which the authorities say has drastically worsened over the last few years.

“Aside from letting them view the classes, the robots allow students to move freely in space and communicate with others at their own will,” one such official told the newspaper. “Hopefully, this can help lower the mental hurdles for truant students.”

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