u-blox has donated 500 4G modules to Norwegian company, No Isolation, as part of an ongoing Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative. No Isolation is a connected healthcare start-up, pioneering an avatar for children with long term illnesses who have to stay in hospital or at home over an extended period of time. Their robotic avatar, AV1, represents the child during school classes, field trips or birthday parties, enabling them to participate in everyday events where their medical condition means that they cant be physically present.
u-bloxs TOBY-L2004G modules enable the AV1 to transmit audio and video from anywhere so that as long as there is 4G coverage, the childs parents, teachers and friends wont need to think about connecting AV1 to Wi-Fi. The avatars 4G connection is automatic and entirely within the childs control. Equipped with a camera, a microphone and speakers, the avatar streams live video to the childs phone or tablet, allowing them to see and hear the avatars surroundings in real-time, as well as talk with an ordinary voice and decide what direction the robot is looking.
Commenting on the initiative, u-bloxs CEO, Thomas Seiler said: We believe that No Isolations award-winning avatar can address the isolation that many sick children experience during a prolonged stay in hospital or at home. It is a privilege to support such a young and passionate entrepreneurial team in a way that is entirely in line with our existing CSR goals. Corporate Social Responsibility is an integral part of our company culture and this initiative fully demonstrates the power of u-bloxs wireless technology to solve a long-term childrens health issue, as well as epitomizing our vision of an Internet of Things that Really Matter.
AV1 gives children the ability to participate in all the everyday events that allows a child to feel included, said Karen Dolva, No Isolations CEO. Together with u-blox, we are using cellular/LTE technology to bridge a gap in todays healthcare systems and help tackle the loneliness and social isolation that children experience during long periods of illness.