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Blue Frog’s Buddy robot helps sick children rebuild social connections with Agora’s real-time communication

Buddy’s telepresence function helps to preserve social connection with the user’s loved ones and facilitate remote medical video consultations. This reduces the sense of isolation by allowing users to participate in school and home life remotely, with much deeper engagement than a standard video call. France’s Ministry of National Education recently purchased 1,750 Buddy robots to help homebound or hospitalized children remotely interact with their peers in classrooms.


The Power of Real Time Engagement

Buddy’s built-in speakers, microphone array system, and a plethora of sensors and actuators allow for natural communication and movement.

Buddy’s telepresence function can place the user anywhere in the world at a remote location instantly, providing a physical presence via virtual engagement. Buddy is set in place and operated and moved in real-time by the remote user on their tablet, allowing them to interact with others using movements and emotions in addition to real-time communication. This connects the user to others in a unique way that traditional video-conference products cannot.

“The right combination of reliable real-time video and AI technology in a robot allows the remote user to transcend physical distance and feel emotionally connected with others.” March Gourlan, Chief Product Officer, Blue Frog.


The best quality and reliability for real-time video

Agora offered the highest quality Android-compatible solution for Blue Frog’s needs. Blue Frog is now confident about the robustness and reliability of the telepresence function via Buddy the robot thanks to Agora’s technology and global real-time network. Because Buddy was created to help rebuild social connection, Agora’s reliable audio and video communication is essential to Blue Frog.

“We chose Agora based on the high quality of the white label video call solution. We are very satisfied with the support provided by the Agora team.” March Gourlan, Chief Product Officer, Blue Frog.


About Blue Frog

Blue Frog Robotics is a pioneer and leader in social robotics, creating “robots for good.” Based in France, the company uses the combination of emotional artificial intelligence (AI), computer vision, natural language processing, and gesture controls in its robots to drive positive outcomes for users. Blue Frog’s emotional support robot, Buddy, is currently being used for childhood education, eldercare, and healthcare use cases when the user is hospitalized or homebound.

About Agora

Agora is a Real-time Engagement Platform as a Service (RTE PaaS) company. Agora’s mission is to make real-time engagement ubiquitous, allowing everyone to interact with anyone, in any application, anytime and anywhere. Agora’s platform provides developers with simple, flexible and powerful application programming interfaces, or APIs, to embed real-time video and voice engagement experiences into their applications.

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