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Injured student attends classes via robot

  • Haven High School junior Jonathan Carlson, right, chats with Kolton Kincaid during lunch in the cafeteria Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013 in Haven, Kan. Kincaid controlled a robot from Denver, where he is in rehabilitation after a farm accident, and cruised electronically through his school, talking to students and teachers. (AP Photo/The Hutchinson News, Sandra J. Milburn)

HAVEN, Kan. — Tuesday was the first time 16-year-old Kolton Kincaid, who was paralyzed in a farm accident last month, was able to roam the halls of Haven High School again — even though he's still undergoing rehabilitation in Denver.

Yep, the Haven High School student was in two places at once.

Students at Haven High School gasped Tuesday when they received a surprise visit from Kolton, who talked to them from a Segway-style robot he was controlling from Denver.

In Denver, he was using an iPad application to move the robot into Haven High School's cafeteria during lunch and down the halls of the school, where he talked to friends and teachers. The robot's iPad, attached to a long pole and wheels, gave a live view of Kolton.

Kolton was trying out one of the three "Double" robots from Double Robotics that belong to the Educational Services and Staff Development Association of Central Kansas, based in Hutchinson, The Hutchinson News reported (http://bit.ly/19chcuh ).

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