RoboThespian & Robot Pepper: Humanoids robotics

RoboThespian

RoboThespian is a life sized humanoid robot designed for human interaction in a public environment. It is fully interactive, multilingual, and user-friendly, making it a perfect device with which to communicate and entertain.

Now in its third generation, with more than six years of continuous development, RoboThespian is a tried-and-tested platform, trusted by national science centres, visitor attractions, commercial users and academic research institutions around the world.

Flexible, functional and expandable, RoboThespian can be adapted and customized to meet your needs.

Modern life is defined by humanity’s love-hate relationship with its own technological creations. It’s in our nature to see life, personality and intention where none exists. RoboThespian™ exploits this desire; it is an anthropomorphic machine, a dot on the graph that starts with automata, and will end when we are no longer able to distinguish the living from the mechanised.

RoboThespian™ combines the appeal of a sophisticated entertainment package with the capabilities of a versatile research platform. It comes with standard content, like greetings and impressions, to which you can add your own recorded sequences or bespoke content. With a web based interface files controlling movement, sound and video can be simply uploaded. RoboThespian™ was designed from the outset as a flexible communication medium. Our team at Engineered Arts can work with you to produce a robotic partner for your research, entertainment or communication needs. (from https://www.engineeredarts.co.uk/robothespian/)


Robot Pepper

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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 5 June 2014, and has been showcased to the public at Softbank mobile stores in Japan since 6 June. It will be available on February 2015 at a base price of JPY 198,000 ($1,931) at Softbank Mobile stores. Pepper’s emotion comes from the ability to analyze expressions and voice tones.

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 is 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 gyroscope.

It is able to run the existing content in the app store designed for Aldebaran’s other robot, Nao. (from Wikipedia)


 

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