Lyndon Baty Enjoys School Through His 'Avatar'

By Meera Dolasia on February 7, 2011

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One of the best things about going to school is the chance to chill out with friends. Therefore, you can only imagine how life has been for Lyndon Baty, who suffers from Polycystic Kidney disease, a disorder that has weakened his immune system so much, that he has to spend most of his day in isolation. However, things are finally looking up for this high-school freshman, thanks to his 'Avatar' - Vgo.

However, before you start envisioning a 'green' alien-like creature walking the halls of Knox City High School, take note that Vgo is not a figment of James Cameron's imagination, but a 4-ft. tall chrome and steel robot, fitted with a television screen.

Essentially a two way audio/video mobile communications system, Vgo allows Lyndon to experience school life on an day-to-day basis and, interact real time with his teachers and friends, without pysically being there. The best part is, that since the robot is mobile and has a battery life of eight hours, Lyndon can also hang with his friends during breaks, in the school cafeteria, as well as,  the playground.

Though this technology, developed by VGO communications, has provided a new lease on Lyndon's life, it was originally developed for use in manufacturing plants to monitor production or for doctors to watch the health of elderly patients who are living independently. Luckily for the young boy, an enterprising salesperson called the school officials to demonstrate the technology. While he was not sure how the school could benefit from it, the educators at Knox High School knew exactly what to do - And, they are thrilled with the outcome.

While Lyndon is currently the only person who is using the $6,000 USD Vgo in school, we are sure it will become more popular as people find out about it and, see how well it is working. As for Lyndon, it gives him a reason to wake up each morning and get ready - For his high school does frown upon tardiness, even from an Avatar!

Resources: wbir.com, dailymail.co.uk, tomsguide.com

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  • tmntMonday, December 9, 2013 at 8:22 am
    It seems cool two have one
    • botboTuesday, November 19, 2013 at 10:32 am
      awesome
      • lols Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 12:33 am
        poor guy :(
        • asdftTuesday, October 16, 2012 at 6:36 pm
          that was cool and a little weird
          • luckymax
            luckymaxMonday, October 1, 2012 at 5:49 pm
            poor him
            • Rachel141220Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at 8:34 am
              good for him!
              • hey
                heyTuesday, February 21, 2012 at 7:49 am
                that is so cool. i want one of those so i wouldn't have to walk around everywhere and not sit in uncomfortable seats all the time. =)
                • doglover
                  dogloverSunday, December 11, 2011 at 4:11 pm
                  what is Polycystic Kidney disease?
                  • JessicaHWednesday, October 26, 2011 at 7:59 am
                    Technology has taken us so far!!
                    • boboo
                      bobooThursday, October 20, 2011 at 6:35 am
                      yeah

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