The National Science Foundation will spend $10 million to build robot companions for children in an effort to teach them English as a second language and encourage exercise.

"Robots Helping Kids" is a five-year project led by Yale University will "deploy" the 'bots into homes and schools.

The "new breed of sophisticated 'socially assistive' robots" are designed to help children "learn to read, appreciate physical fitness, overcome cognitive disabilities, and perform physical exercises."

"Just like a good personal trainer, we want the robots to be able to guide the child toward a behavior that we desire," Yale's Brian Scassellati said.

Read more: Washington Free Beacon

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