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Thanks to the joys of the internet and advancements in teleconferencing technology, thousands of people telecommute and work from home every day. However, there isnít many high school students who can say the same.

Texas student Lyndon Baty suffers from Polycystic Kidney Disease and as a result has a weakened immune system. This means Baty canít attend school in person. In the past this would have meant home-schooling. However, technology has made it possible for the freshman student to Ďwork from homeí and attend all of his classes.

Armed with his laptop and a webcam, Lyndonís place in school has been taken by a 4-foot tall Vgo telepresence robot. The Vgo attends all of Lyndonís classes and allows him to communicate with his teachers via video conferencing software.

"It's absolutely amazing," Lyndon told Texomas Homepage."I would have never thought when I was sick that I would ever have any interaction, much less this kind. It is just like I am there in the classroom."

While the educational benefits of the robot are obviously unparalleled, Lyndon is finding that using Vgo machine has other advantages: making friends.

"My best friends were my parents. No offense against them, but I want other friends," he Lyndon. "I feel like I'm right there," continued Lyndon, "like I'm right at the school."

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