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Pepper the Wheeled Brother of Nao, by Aldebaran

Pepper the Wheeled Brother of Nao, by Aldebaran

In our review of humanoid robots at the Innorobo event, we had mentioned that Romeo, the long awaited Nao’s bigger brother is not ready yet. It seems that SoftBank Mobile, the owner of Aldebaran wants to get some return on its investment. This is why Aldebaran announces Pepper a humanoid upper body on wheels. It is almost as high as the expected Romeo (see Pepper Specs below), and has an articulated head, arms and trunk. The video below shows that Pepper is capable of smooth and fast movements. Beside the wheels, a notable difference is the tablet on the chest of Pepper. It will allow better interaction. This crucial since Pepper was made to attract people to SoftBank Mobile stores. So far, Pepper will be available only for SoftBank Mobile. But, Aldebaran plans to start selling it to all their customers in 2015.

Summary of Pepper specs:

  • Weight around 61 lbs (28 kg)
  • Height 4 feet (120 cm)
  • 17 anti-pinch articulations
  • 3 omnidirectional wheels
  • 14 hours of battery life
  • A 3D camera with 3 meters range

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