4 Amazing Things the Pepper Robot Can Do

Aldebaran’s ‘Pepper’ robot onstage at SXSW. IMAGE: Graham Winfrey Robots are getting smarter by the day. The French robotics company Aldebaran brought Pepper–its “thinking robot”–onstage at the South by Southwest Interactive conference in Austin, Texas, Sunday to show off some of its upcoming features and paint a picture of what life with robots will look like in the near future. Designed as a “humanoid robot” that can live with humans, Pepper is built with artificial intelligence technology from IBM’s cognitive computing engine “Watson.” More than 7,000 Peppers have been sold for roughly $2,000 each to consumers in Japan who use it for things like social companionship–Pepper can understand human voices and respond to questions. Aldebaran plans to begin selling the robot in the U.S. this year, though it hasn’t settled on a price yet. Here are five of the impressive skills that…

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