Robot helps student attend classes after surgery
A South Huntington student who just underwent a serious surgery didn't miss class - thanks to a robot.
Jeffrey Kaji, a ninth-grader at the Long Island School for the Gifted, had appendicitis and needed surgery before Thanksgiving. He was out of school for four days.
A telepresence robot from A+ Technology Solutions in Bay Shore allowed the teen to have a "physical presence" in the school despite not actually being there.
Within days, "Jeffbot", as the students named it, became one of the most popular personalities in school.
"I had a lot more friends when I was in the robot," says the real Jeffrey. "I don't know where they've gone now that I'm out of it."
The robot has to be returned. Jeffrey says he's going to miss his other self, but looks forward to going "back to normal."