Pepper (robot)

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Pepper is a humanoid robot by Aldebaran Robotics and SoftBank Mobile designed with the ability to read emotions. It was introduced in a conference on 5th June 2014, and has been showcased to the public at Softbank mobile stores in Japan since 6th June.[1][2] It will be available on February 2015 at a base price of JPY 198,000 ($1,931) at Softbank Mobile stores.[3] Pepper's emotion comes from the ability to analyze expressions and voice tones.

Design[edit]

The robot’s head has four microphones, two HD cameras (in the mouth and forehead), and a 3-D depth sensor (behind the eyes). There’s a gyroscope in the torso and touch sensors in the head and hands. The mobile base has two sonars, six lasers, three bumper sensors, and a gyro.[4]

Specifications[edit]

Pepper
Dimensions
  • Height: 1,210 millimetres (4 ft)
  • Depth: 425 millimetres (17 in)
  • Width: 485 millimetres (19 in)
Weight 28 kilograms (62 lb)
Battery Lithium-ion battery

Capacity: 30.0Ah/795Wh

Operation time: approx. 12hrs (when used at shop)

Head Sensors Mic x 4, RGB camera x 2, 3D sensor x 1, Touch sensor x 3
Chest Sensor Gyro sensor x 1
Hands Sensors Touch sensor x 2
Legs Sensors Sonar sensor x 2, Laser sensor x 6, Bumper sensor x 3, Gyro sensor x 1
Moving parts Degrees of motion

Head (2°), Shoulder (2°) (L&R), Elbow (2 rotations) (L&R), Wrist (1°) (L&R), hand 5 fingers (1°) (L&R), Hip (2°), knee (1°), base (3°)

20 Motors

Platform NAOqi OS
Networking Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4GHz/5GHz)

Ethernet x1 (10/100/1000 base T)

Motion speed Up to 3 kilometres per hour (2 mph)
Climbing Up to 1.5 centimetres (0.6 in)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Byford, Sam (5 June 2014). "SoftBank announces emotional robots to staff its stores and watch your baby – Pepper will go on sale for under $2,000 in February". theverge.com. Vox Media. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  2. ^ Nagata, Kazuaki (5 June 2014). "SoftBank unveils 'historic' robot – Cloud-linked machine reads emotions, can 'learn,' company says". The Japan Times. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  3. ^ Dignan, Larry (5 June 2014). "Softbank, Aldebaran launch Pepper, an emotional robot". zdnet.com. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  4. ^ "SoftBank Mobile and Aldebaran unveil “Pepper”". aldebaran.com. Aldebaran Robotics, a division of SoftBank Group. 5 June 2014. Retrieved 11 June 2014.