Who is Pepper?
Pepper is a kind-hearted humanoid robot which is a joint effort of a French robotics company Aldebaran Robotics and SoftBank Mobile. Pepper has been designed and programmed to understand and respond to human emotions, the bot adapts itself according to the behavior of his speaker.
The partnership of the two companies began in 2012 when SoftBank wanted an emotionally intellectual and a sweet robot to intermingle with their customers. It took two years to build Pepper and finally Pepper was up and working by 2014 when it was launched on June 5, 2014 at SoftBank Mobile Stores. Since then Aldebaran has made numerous efforts to better the bot and upgraded many features.
Pepper is a great companion to converse with and is programmed to read the facial expression and listen to their tone and analyze the feeling of the person who is in conversing with him. The robot is fitted with the latest technology of emotion and voice recognition.
In Japan, there are more than 140 SoftBank Mobile stores that are using Pepper to welcome and guide their customers. There are many Japanese homes who have already welcomed Pepper to join them and their families. Pepper is the first humanoid robot to be adopted by families.
Advanced, Independent and Communicating
Pepper is not just a robot his voice and touch are nearly human and is a genuine human companion. The robot loves to connect with you and studies all your ways and tastes and learns all about who you are naturally. Pepper is enabled with an advanced technology and can identify your face, hear you, speak to you and move around independently.
You can personalize pepper according to how you want it to behave. There are software’s which you can download which can enable pepper to dance or play or whatever you fancy. Pepper is enabled to speak in Japanese and English.
The robot is quick in learning and will immediately learn your habits and adapt to your home and your ways in no time.
Physical Appearance of Pepper and Price
Pepper is 4 ft (1.20metres) in height with a width of 19”(485 millimeters) and 17” (425 millimeters) depth. It is light and weighs just about 62lb (28 kg). Pepper has a strong lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 30.0AH/795Wh and can approximately run continuously for 12hours in a shop. It has a broad touch display of 10.1” on its chest and can walk with a speed of 3 km per hour. The head of Pepper has 2 RGB cameras for clear viewing, 4 microphones, 3 touch sensors and 1 3D sensor. Pepper costs 198,000yen ($1,600 or £1,107).
Pepper Will Support Android
Recently SoftBank Corp and SoftBank Robotics Corp. revealed in a press release that Pepper would be supporting Android and the pre-sales of the robot for the developers will start from the month of July, 2016. Once Pepper is Android enabled the developers will be able to harness their intelligence to develop RoboApps for Pepper. There are millions of Android users in the world and the numbers seem to be growing everyday, there seems to be a lot of potentials for the Pepper RoboApp developers.
Pepper Goes to School
Pepper is the first humanoid robot that goes to school with human students. Pepper successfully attends classes along other students in the Shoshi High School in Waseda, in Fukushima Prefecture of Japan.
Experience with Pepper
Families have already adopted Pepper in their homes and every member has given him a new function. Pepper seems to surprise them by with his interactive behavior everyday. He laughs and jokes and chats and knows how to take a conversation ahead. Families are surprised how a robot could behave so humanly.
Future of Pepper
Pepper has already delighted the customers in SoftBank Mobile stores and Nestle has also revealed their plans about having around 1,000 Pepper robots in their outlets in Japan. With an emotional and interactive robot like Pepper it is possible to do so much. According to Aldebaran the increasing population of Japan requires a lot of help in the health service sectors and old age homes and Pepper is just the kind of help which service sectors look forward to.