Pepper the guide robot: discover the past with the help of the future
Technology is constantly evolving in different branches, and in recent years has been given a special push to robotics, reaching to facilitate daily tasks to people, either at home or outdoors. One of the most curious prototypes, without a doubt Pepper is the guide robot ; which is responsible for accompanying visitors at the Smithsonian Museum in the United States .
Pepper is specially designed to provide information on various historical events as well as anecdotes of events that are of interest to tourists or students.
What can Pepper the guide robot do?
This android does not consist of a fixed system of repetition, so that it can establish a direct communication with the public when answering questions and looking at its listener, which allows to perceive it in a more pleasant way during the historical tours in the museum, of the same mode has the ability to establish a friendly link with visitors under age, being more friendly and pleasant.
Thanks to its speaker technology located on the head and back, it can detect a human being three meters away, providing the opportunity to create a bond with him without the need to touch it.
One of the most important features of Pepper the guide robot , is the possibility of establishing a different relationship with all users, offering more precise details to those who are interested. This detail was received with open arms by many, since it was not a specific script but its programming allows you to play different tips according to the curiosity of each touristic group.
"By interacting with visitors to the museum, Pepper can give you information about different exhibitions. The robot will help guide the educational experience through the Smithsonian in a unique way that perhaps otherwise the visitors would have been lost. "
– Steve Carlin, Director of Strategy at Softbank Robotics
In its chest it has a touch screen which allows you to choose the theme of your preference, which gives Pepper the possibility to guide the robot with more focus on details of the story. For example, if a user chooses World War II by topic, the android will show historical images about the event, which will progressively progress in relation to the explanation.
The robot has a camera on its forehead, a very useful tool to identify the features of the user by evaluating age and providing images according to it, avoiding to project videos or very graphic photographs for children, also ensures that the tour is interactive and dynamic for a younger audience while for the adult it provides more detailed information.
"When you meet Pepper, you can not help but smile"
– Rachel Goslins, Director of the Arts and Industry Building
One of the great attractions of this robot is artificial intelligence , which allows you to identify situations such as; be captured in a photograph, so it will pose for it with a series of predetermined movements, which can be sympathetic or showing strength, at the same time Pepper the guide robot can recognize body expressions and imitate them by posing for a selfie .
Grace to its design of 1.20 meters and weight of 28 kgs can be a friendly and unthreatening figure, especially for the young audience, projecting more colorful images and much more animated content during each presentation of famous sculptures or popular paintings. Being an element of great importance during any tour or relevant exhibition in the Smithsonian Museum .
It has the ability to communicate in 21 languages including Spanish, to cover a wider audience and project different expressions such as happiness, emotion or fear, depending on the story that is narrating, helping users to get involved in the story in a way more interactive
One of the elements that most attracts the attention of users, is the possibility of the android to deal with people with different disabilities: for children or adults with low intellectual abilities or autism, has a more dynamic behavior, supported by images or videos.
For users with motor disabilities can go at a slower pace, and while the user moves the robot provides historical information.
This robot has detailed information of the facilities of the Smithsonian Museum , so it provides very accurate information when requesting any address, from the place of a specific Exhibition to the locations of the bathrooms, so it is usually located at the entrance of the institute. to receive visitors.
Anyway, Pepper the guide robot teaches us the advances of technology and the relationship of machines with people, which little by little are incorporated into reality providing more enjoyable and diverse experiences, collaborating with the performance of different daily tasks, as well as the integration of the robot in public spaces in order to support the execution of activities.
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