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robo cop out; sick boy's classroom aid banned Parents block trial of learning machine over security fears.

Byline: RECORD REPORTER

AN ANGRY dad has hit out after a robot that helps his sick son get lessons at home was banned from the classroom.

Keir Wallace suffers from a rare auto-inflammatory condition which means he often can't leave his bed.

His father John bought a learning robot which would take his place in the class and beam the lessons back to him.

But despite reassurances over its security, his school is the only one in the world to ban the use of the robot, made by Norwegian firm No Isolation.

This followed complaints by parents over security fears. The AV1 unit was made for children who are in hospital for a long time and want to continue to attend school from their hospital bed. The patient controls it from an iPad.

John was given the go-ahead to trial the robot at St John's RC School in Portobello in October 2017. But it never made it inside the school.

John told BBC Radio Scotland that "a tiny minority of vocal parents" complained about security.

Edinburgh City Council said they were continuing talks with the robot's makers over its potential use in schools.

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Date:Feb 21, 2019
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