In spite of massive media coverage featuring the Pepper humanoid robot, Softbank struggled to find buyers for the system.
Softbank’s most promising robotics investments are not those targeting the experimental technologies, nor the massive funding rounds for self-driving vehicles, but rather the mid-range investments in mobile robots for industrial and commercial applications.
SoftBank designers discuss the psychological and social aspects of human-robot interaction.
Rensselaer lab working to expand robot capabilities to improve humans’ quality of life.
Continuing rollout with HSBC Bank has social robot rubbing elbows with movie stars in Los Angeles area.
Robots that make pizzas, deliver e-commerce goods, and greet customers dominated the robotics news cycle as summer began.
Proof-of-concept attack shows how hackers could control service robots and make their owners pay a ransom.
Pepper uses trial-and-error learning to learn how to play darts. A human initially guides Pepper’s arm to teach it how to throw, but Pepper hits a bulls-eye after just 60 throws.
Watson’s cognitive computing technology will allow Pepper to continuously gain knowledge and “understand the world the way humans do – through senses, learning and experience.”