KARACHI - Access to diagnosis and support services for autism in Pakistan is limited but the challenge remains but now a socially assistive robot is providing verbal feedback to children with autism.
Children affected with autism face significant challenges in terms of independent living, and social inclusion, and there need for greater support.
Recognising significant challenges faced by individuals affected by autism, Pakistani startup Haprowrobotics innovated robot designed to help children with autism in enhancing their skills and facilitating learning by addressing feelings of loneliness through communication.
TimTim is the first commercial robot in South Asian nation to help mitigate autism symptoms, offering support and therapy to autistic children by improving their communication, social, and cognitive skills.
The socially assistive robot interacted with audio and video data, like statements or eye contact, from autistic children’s interactions. It analyses the data to see whether they are engaged in a given training activity.
It aimed to improve social, communication and relationship skills of autistic children and their ability to self-regulate.
The robot after creating impact is set to be available in the local market next month and internationally within a year. The startup CEO said TimTim serves as a companion and mentor for children who are dealing with autism.
He said TimTim uses AI to communicate with children and has ability to move autonomously. It has a battery life of 7-hours and can engage with children individually or in group sessions.
Pakistani currency remains largely stable against US dollar in the open market on February 27, 2024 (Tuesday).
In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.4 for buying and 282.3 for selling.
Euro currently stands at 303 for buying and 306 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 351.5 for buying, and 355 for selling.
UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 76.7.
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