The CoWriter Project Lets Kids Teach Handwriting & Improve Themselves

By: Alyson Wyers - Mar 19, 2015
References: actu.epfl.ch & springwise
This humanoid robot is programmed to teach handwriting to kids. The CoWriter Project functions on the principle that you learn by teaching others. Developed by scientists from the EPFL's (École Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne) Computer-Human Interaction Lab, the robot is the worst in the class. This gives children the opportunity to learn alongside and teach another.

EPFL used the NAO robot in their research, which can learn and reproduce common errors from a database of handwriting examples from students. After a kid makes a word using small magnetic letters, the robot writes the same word on a tablet. The child then points out and mistakes, improving their own skills as they teach handwriting. Algorithms also ensure the robot makes gradual progress.