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Developers Return to Barber Center to Test App, Robot

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In August we reported about an iPad app developed to help children with autism that's being tested right here in Erie.

On Thursday, researchers from the Pittsburgh-based company Interbots were back at the Barber Center, to test out another part of the system: a robot.

It's called Popchilla, and it's the main character in the app game called Popchilla's world.

Developers watched as children interacted with the robot, which can be controlled wirelessly through the app.

They said technology has a lot of potential to help children with autism.

"A lot of children with autism have an easier time interacting with robots than with people,
 said Interbots CEO Seema Patel, "and many kids with autism really connect with touch screen devices like the iPad."

The app will be available in January in the Apple Store and the Android Market.

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