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9 Year Old Boy Builds Robot To Stay Connected With Family

December 19, 2012 | Telepresence Options

Ricky_Kundu_Betabot.jpgBoy builds robot to stay connected with family

December 18, 2012
Reported by: Brandon Gunnoe

LEXINGTON, Mass. (WHDH) -- A young boy in Lexington built a relationship with his grandparents using LEGO pieces and a little technology.

Nine-year-old Ricky Kundu's grandparents live in India and can't visit very often, so block by block he put together a way for them to stay connected.

Ricky named the robot Betabot -- beta means "child" in Hindi, and "early prototype" in English.

"We can only see each other in person over the summer," said Ricky.

It all started with a LEGO robotics team that Ricky and a few of his friends are part of. This year's project was to come up with an invention to help senior citizens.

"My team had the idea of building a telepresence robot so that way we could take our grandparents with us even when they're not here -- like on the go," said Ricky.

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