While the idea of robots teaching students in research labs isn't exactly new, the robotics program at Longmont Public Library in Colorado is special because it's becoming an integral part of the community's day-to-day life. Born of a collaboration between Longmont Library and a local robotics engineering company, the BiBli robot program was developed with the help of children with autism, and is specially designed to assist autistic students at the library. The personalizable robot kit includes a body frame, head, and wheelbase, as well as a controller that allows users to personalize their social robot.
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@00:39 johnlee : Interesting observation. I wonder if robots would become a bridge for these kids who don't interact with each other to connect and build relationship.
@01:12 johnlee :Their goal is to produce durable and affordable BiBli robots and make them available for more kids. This is really important as many great robots are expensive thus not accessible by students who would benefit from them.