AV1 Robots

An AV1 robot in a classroom with students

AV1 is a robot avatar that acts as a child’s eyes, ears and voice in the classroom when illness, disability or mental health conditions prevent them from being there in person.

AV1 is an app-linked device fitted with a camera, speaker and microphone, that opens up a two-way audio and one-way visual channel between the student and their classmates, allowing them to learn alongside their peers, and maintain social contact with their friends, without
having to appear on camera themselves – which can often be a source of concern and/or discomfort.

Standing 30cm tall and weighing 1.5kg, AV1 sits neatly on a desk, or can be easily carried by friends in the playground. Two motors enable AV1 to raise and lower its head or revolve up to 360º, enabling the student to see and hear everything going on in the classroom; and 4G and WiFi connectivity ensure it can function both indoors and out.

Manchester Hospital School can provide AV1 robots to enable students to continue to access their education as part of our learning pathways. If you have a child or young person who may benefit from using AV1 please email to make an enquiry.

Privacy and Safeguarding:

  • Only the child using the avatar knows the password.
  • Screenshots are forbidden.
  • You cannot record the stream.
  • It is clearly visible when AV1 is active.
  • AV1 is a secure, end-to-end encrypted, GDPR compliant solution with a high level of privacy.