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U-blox donates 4G modules to connected healthcare startup


U-blox has announced its donation of 500 4G modules to Norwegian company No Isolation, as part of an ongoing Corporate Social Responsibility initiative.

No Isolation is a connected healthcare startup, 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 they cannot be physically present.

The company’s TOBY-L200 4G modules enable the AV1 to transmit audio and video from anywhere so that as long as there is 4G coverage. The child’s parents, teachers and friends will not need to think about connecting AV1 to Wi-Fi – the avatar’s 4G connection is automatic and entirely within the child’s control. Equipped with a camera, microphone and speakers, the avatar streams live video to the child’s phone or tablet, allowing to see and hear the avatar’s surroundings in real-time, as well as talk with an ordinary voice and decide what direction the robot is looking.

“AV1 gives children the ability to participate in all the everyday events that allows a child to feel included,” said Karen Dolva, CEO of No Isolation.

“Together with u-blox, we are using cellular/LTE technology to bridge a gap in today’s healthcare systems and help tackle the loneliness and social isolation that children experience during long periods of illness.”

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