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The EDF Energy Mascot is based on the "My Keepon" also known as "The Dancing Robot" designed and developed in Japan. And is appealing to both adults and children. Children have a magnetic attraction to this friendly bopping character and brings a smile to any face.
My Keepon helps children with autismSo a doctor called Kozima chose this friendly robot to participate in an experiment to see how children who have autism interact with this character. Prior to the little yellow friendly character they used larger mechanical robots in the shape of a child. However many children were afraid of the character, but when presented with the little yellow "My Keepon" dancing robot things changed.
Children with autism have great difficulty to socialise however this yellow my keepon character seemed to help break the ice and break through to these children, and bring out behaviour which the doctors and even parents had never seen in their children.