SoftBank Robotics Europe is now Aldebaran (again)

Its 2015 acquisition of Aldebaran didn’t go as smoothly as SoftBank hoped. At the time, the French robotics startup was best known for its Nao, which had become a fairly ubiquitous presence in resea

8 open source companies from YC Demo Day Winter ’22

Wicked fast VPNs, data organization tools, auto-generated videos to spice up your company’s Instagram stories … Y Combinator’s Winter 2022 open source founders have some interesting ideas up the

Pepper brings in $16M, gets back to its roots of spicing up ordering experience for food distributors

The ordering system is specifically designed so food distributors can launch mobile apps and websites to accept orders and payments online.

Watch an army of Spot and Pepper robots cheerlead a baseball game in an empty stadium

Pepper the robot gets a job at HSBC Bank in New York

Starting today, customers at HSBC’s New York City flagship will be greeted by a friendly humanoid face. The bank’s Fifth Avenue location is employing Pepper, the customer service ‘bot that has b

Pepper the robot can perform funerary rites, but it shouldn’t

It's not really clear just what "humanoid" robots are actually for. I've seen them do all kinds of things, but almost none of them well; at our recent Robotics event in Boston, several leading experts

SoftBank makes it easier to customize Pepper the robot’s greeting skills

Until now, Pepper the robot has required programming knowledge to control, a fact that’s proven a pain point toward wider adoption (well, that and the fact that it hasn't started shipping widely her

Pepper the robot gets a gig at the Oakland airport

Pepper the robot has apparently been enjoying its time in the Bay this winter. After scoring a gig greeting shoppers at a pair of shopping malls just ahead of the holidays, Softbank’s friendly human

Pepper the robot will be helping out shoppers at two Bay Area shopping centers this holiday

It can be tough finding seasonal help. So naturally Westfield has started looking to robots for help staffing its shopping centers. Starting today, the Westfield San Francisco Centre and Westfield Val

PepperPay’s robot photographer replaces cashiers

Machine vision technology will let any smartphone or tablet recognize objects so we don’t have to rely on humans or barcode scanners. TechCrunch Disrupt SF Hackathon project PepperPay brings mac

Dr. Pepper is not a real doctor, but it could help overloaded schools prioritize patients

“Doing something for children was our first thought,” Camilo F. Buscaron explains, fresh of the Disrupt Hackathon stage. “We wanted to do something in education.” At some point during the

PepperHealth can detect vitals and send out an emergency alert for elders in trouble

Pepper, the humanoid robot, is coming up with all sorts of ways to serve its human overlords, including in eldercare. The little rolling robot took to the stage at the Disrupt SF Hackathon today to sh

Softbank’s Pepper robot is finally getting a (temp) retail job in the US

Pepper has been picking up retail work all over Asia, including a high profile gig working at Pizza Huts in Japan, but Softbank’s humanoid robot hasn’t had too much luck finding work here in the S

SoftBank’s Pepper robot goes on sale in Taiwan in first overseas launch

Pepper, the humanoid robot from SoftBank, is headed overseas for the first time after going on sale in Taiwan today.

Pepper the robot’s next job is Pizza Hut cashier

You gotta hand it to Pepper. Even in the face of worldwide economic woes, Softbank’s plucky little robot has never had an issue holding down a job. The ‘bot’s latest gig isn’t exactly the most

Pepper the Robot gets increased access for Android developers ahead of its US launch

SoftBank is starting to ramp things up ahead of the US launch of its friendly and versatile humanoid robot, Pepper. After holding down a factotum of service industry jobs in and around Japan and Europ

IBM and SoftBank Launch First Japanese Language APIs for Watson

A year ago, SoftBank teamed up with IBM to bring its supercomputer Watson to Japan. Now Watson has learned enough Japanese for developers to take advantage of its new skills.

SoftBank Plans To Open A Store Staffed (Almost) Entirely By Pepper, Its Humanoid Robot

SoftBank announced today that it will launch an app store to create a software ecosystem for Pepper, its humanoid robot. Perhaps more intriguingly, the company, one of Japan’s largest telecom and In

The Enterprise Model Of Pepper, SoftBank’s Robot, Will Cost $440 A Month To Rent

SoftBank will start taking pre-orders for the enterprise model of its humanoid robot, Pepper, on October 1. The company revealed today “Pepper for Biz” will cost 55,000 yen (about $440 a month) pe

Watch Pepper, Softbank’s Humanoid Robot, Dance And Accept Glowing Balls

As we approach the <a target="_blank" href="">singularity</a>, I think it's important to understand who will soon be changing our diapers, bringin
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