Kids connect with robot reading partners

Publication/Creation Date
August 22 2018
Chris Barncard (creator)
Joseph Michaelis (contributor)
Bilge Mutlu (contributor)
Media Type
Press Release
Persuasive Intent
Kids learn better with a friend. They’re more enthusiastic and understand more if they dig into a subject with a companion. But what if that companion is artificial?

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison have built a robot, named Minnie, to serve as a reading buddy to middle school kids, and Minnie’s new friends grew more excited about books and more attached to the robot over two weeks of reading together.
HCI Platform
Location on Body
Entire Body

Related Collections
Humanoid Robots (2017-2019)
Date archived
September 7 2018
Last edited
September 7 2018
How to cite this entry
Chris Barncard . (August 22 2018). "Kids connect with robot reading partners". University of Wisconsin-Madison. University of Wisconsin-Madison. Fabric of Digital Life.