A 14 year old boy has made history by becoming the first "vitual" mascot for his favourite football club - all thanks to a robot.
Jack McLinden has multiple health conditions and was too unwell to travel from home to watch his beloved Everton Football Club play against Newcastle United on Monday.
But he still experienced all the excitement of going on the pitch via a specially designed robot carried by the team's captain.
It fed 360 degree live images and sound back to Jack's iPad, with a microphone allowing him to chat with players.
The "telepresence robot", called AV1, was made by Norwegian start-up No Isolation to help children and teenagers with long-term illness combat loneliness by attending school and social events from home.
The device’s connects to a smartphone or tablet, allowing them to see, hear and communicate with others.
Jack is currently being given care and assistance by the UK children’s charity WellChild, who work with Jack’s family, and assisted in setting up the project.
Karen Dolva, CEO and Co-Founder of No Isolation, added: “Technology is about making the seemingly impossible possible. For Jack, the dream of being a mascot for his favourite football club was not likely to happen given his condition. The AV1 is designed to involve children who, because of illness, feel marginalised and out of the loop from their friends.
"Working with such a wonderful and inclusive club as Everton to give Jack this once in a lifetime opportunity is a moment myself and those working at our company will never forget.”