Pepper, created by SoftBank Robotics, is claimed as the world’s first personal humanoid robot that can recognise emotions, and also mimics human behaviours such as following the conversation around it by looking at whoever is talking.
QUT roboticist Belinda Ward from the Science and Engineering Faculty, and the Australian Centre for Robotic Vision, said the research complemented the Queensland Government’s strategy to explore the potential for humanoid robots.
Ward also says social robots like Pepper have real potential to change society.
“Pepper is probably the most ‘personable’ robot on the market in terms of its perceived emotional intelligence, which makes it a fantastic platform to investigate the suitability of social robots, which is still a very new field.
“What we learn from human-computer interactions with Pepper will inform the next generation of service robots, building an effective social component into their task-oriented programming."