VGo: Remotely Attend School
Overview of the Problem
- Many children are unable to attend school in person because of a physical disability, a weaken immune system, or severe allergies.
- Students confined to their home feel isolated as they do not get to interact with other students.
- Starting in 2011, the emergence of ubiquitous Wi-Fi Internet connections at many public schools has enabled a new option.
- Students can now virtually and synchronously attend school using a four-foot tall remote-controlled robot called a VGo.
- The student can control the VGo robot from the safety of his or her bedroom using a laptop.
The VGo devices enables students that cannot leave their home or hospital to participate in the classroom
- Great for students developmentally since they get to engage socially with their peers.
- Enables students that cannot physically attend school to have the opportunity to virtually attend school with other students, learn with their peers, form friendships, and socially interact with people.
How It Works:
Verizon promotes robotic telepresence by VGo
- The VGo device itself costs $5,995
- It also requires a $1,200 annual subscription fee.
- High speed Wi-Fi Internet Connection
- Training on the Schools end. If the device is in a ‘Deadzone’ where the Wi-Fi signal is lost or its battery dies, then they will need to physically pick up the VGo and move it to a place where it can reconnect to the Internet Connection or charging dock.
- Students can use a Windows PC, ApplePC, iPad, or select tablets to drive the VGo. More details at http://www.vgocom.com/faq
- Most users learn to drive in about 5 minutes. Some will take about an hour of continuous driving to get used to the controls that combine speed and direction with the movement of the mouse pointer.
- The device has a six hour battery life, so the student will need to be responsible for connecting it to a charging station when necessary. It can be self-docked remotely by the student driver.
Why It's Great
“Life for me was the isolation of four walls of home or the hospital. I will graduate with honors in a few short days thanks impart to the VGo”
~ Lyndon Baty
Learn more about Lyndon at www.vgocom.com/remote-student