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Posted on January 3, 2017 by  & 

Who is Pepper?

Pepper is a human-shaped robot developed by SoftBank Robotics. He is kindly, endearing and surprising. Pepper is designed to be a genuine day-to-day companion, whose number one quality is his ability to perceive emotions.
Pepper is capable of recognising the principal human emotions and adapting his behaviour to the mood of his interlocutor.
To date, more than 140 SoftBank Mobile stores in Japan are using Pepper as a new way of welcoming, informing and amusing their customers. Pepper also recently became the first humanoid robot to be adopted in Japanese homes.
Interactive, progressive and autonomous
Pepper interacts with people and learns about habits and tastes, can recognise faces and move around autonomously. You can also personalise your robot by downloading the software applications that take your fancy, based on your mood or the occasion. Dance, play, learn or even chat in another language. The robot gradually memorises personality traits, preferences and adapts himself accordingly.
The emotion at the heart of the robot
Pepper has been designed to identify emotions and to select the behaviour best suited to the situation. Based on voice, facial expression, body movements and words used, Pepper will interpret emotion and offer appropriate content. He will also respond personally to the mood of the moment, expressing himself through the colour of his eyes, his tablet or his tone of voice.
For the first time, a large banking group has chosen Pepper to inform its customers in different languages at its branches in Japan.
Nestlé is planning on equipping more than 1,000 Nescafé sales outlets in Japan to inform their customers about their different products in a fun way thanks to Pepper.
Source and top image: SoftBank Robotics
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