Working with robots is becoming increasingly popular, especially humanoid robots. Among the many applications these robots have, educative and corporative uses have probably been the most explored ones in the last two years. Today we’d like to introduce you to Pepper, our cool robot colleague, the humanoid social robot designed by Aldebaran, which has sold a majority stake in the business to Japanese telecom giant SoftBank.
This 1.2 metre (4 feet tall), 28 Kg (61 pound) robot features two cameras, four microphones, and a multitude of sensors attached to different parts of its body. It has one gyro sensor on its chest, a 3D sensor (sonar and laser), touch sensors on the hands, two sonar sensors on the “legs,” 6 laser sensors, and 3 bumper sensors. It is capable of connecting online and interacting with any database or system, especially cloud based databases, to deploy the best behavior to create engagement with the people, using verbal and nonverbal language. Besides being a proactive data monitor, Pepper is also capable of dancing and telling jokes and has proved to be extremely popular among our coworkers.
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Pepper is designed to make use of apps similar to what are being used on smartphones or tablets. Aldebaran has released a software development kit (SDK) to enable application developers from different parts of the world to write apps—robot apps to be specific—that can expand the capabilities of Pepper.
What are Pepper’s main applications?
Pepper wants to be your friend. It can listen to you, can tell when you’re feeling down, dance, and follow you around – all on its own. This makes it perfect for welcoming customers at shops and receiving guests at events. Truth is that the wow-effect Pepper produces on people is immediate and this can be used as an extremely powerful marketing tool. As a consequence, Pepper’s skills are being applied at retail as a selling agent. For instance, imagine yourself going to the bank office. Pepper will not only identify your face, connect your identity and process your inquiry, it will also provide suitable offers customized to your needs while you wait to be attended. In conclusion, it can both work as an information point and an interaction agent who smartly collects and identifies data. Besides all its commercial applications, Pepper is also used for research and educational purposes.
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