CNET First Look
Pepper the humanoid robot knows how you feelThis 4-foot-tall robot not only helps you find information, it has sensors that detect facial expressions to determine how you feel.
I'm a humanoid and unlike other robots I'm fully dedicated to human interaction. The next time you want help finding something in a store ask Pepper. She's a four foot humanoid robot designed to talk to customers, inform them, and entertain them. In the eyes there's a 3D camera that detects the human form up to 10 feet away. Then the robot uses cameras in the forehead and mouth for facial detection. Pepper can see if you're happy, neutral, or sad, and then react accordingly. [INAUDIBLE] there's a smile. So if you're frowning then she knows to change the conversation and adapt her mood to yours. In the base are six lasers, two sonars, and infrared sensors for navigation. There are 17 body articulations to make her look lifelike and she can even bust out some air guitar moves. [MUSIC] Pepper is currently being used in terraform supermarkets in Europe to help provide rescue recommendations and play games, but will launch in the US at the end of the year The future is for Pepper to be a fully fledged companion robot for the home who can greet you, give you information, and recognize how you feel. [BLANK_AUDIO]