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SpotMini Robot Dog Gets Major Makeover
By Steve Crowe · 14 November, 2017 • Boston Dynamics introduced a new version of its SpotMini robot dog. The new SpotMini has a whole new look, ditched the manipulator robot arm and added 3D vision cameras for obstacle avoidance.
Pepper Humanoid Robot Adds Facial Recognition Technology
By Steve Crowe · 27 October, 2017 • Pepper, the popular humanoid robot from Softbank, is adding facial recognition technology to its repertoire. SoftBank will use Ever AI's facial recognition platform in hopes of bringing new levels of personalization to Peppers interactions.
Why Softbank Bought Boston Dynamics
By Tim Hornyak · 9 June, 2017 • Softbank, already investing billions into AI and robotics, adds to its an impressive robotics portfolio with the acquisitions of Boston Dynamics and SCHAFT.
Pepper Robot Lands Job at Oakland International Airport
By Steve Crowe · 25 January, 2017 • Pepper, the humanoid robot from Softbank Robotics, began a pilot program at Oakland International Airport. The 4-foot-tall robot will greet and engage with guests at HMSHost’s Pyramid Ale Taproom in Terminal 2, offering assistance, menu recommendations and directions to travelers.
Pepper Lands Holiday Job at California Shopping Centers
By Steve Crowe · 22 November, 2016 • Pepper the humanoid robot will spend the next three months greeting customers at two shopping centers in California: the Westfield San Francisco Centre and the Westfield Valley Fair. Each shopping center will have four Pepper robots that will greet and engage with customers.
Watch Pepper Master ‘Ball in a Cup’ Game
By Steve Crowe · 23 September, 2016 • Pepper the humanoid robot masters the game "Ball in a Cup" in 100 attempts through trial-and-error learning. Are you impressed?
Pepper Robot Goes to Work in US
By Steve Crowe · 3 August, 2016 • Softbank's Pepper robot will greet customers at the b8ta retail store in Palo Alto, Calif. from August 11-18 as the humanoid robot gears up for its launch in the United States.
MIT Robot Schedules Tasks on Labor Floor
By Steve Crowe · 12 July, 2016 • A NAO robot from MIT CSAIL suggests where to move patients and who should do C-sections, demonstrating that robots can carry out more complex tasks at hospitals.
Pepper Robots Working at Belgian Hospitals
By Steve Crowe · 14 June, 2016 • Two of Belgium's hospitals have installed Pepper robots in their receptions areas for trials. The robots will help patients in Ostend and Liege.
Nao, Pepper Robots Teaching in Singapore
By Steve Crowe · 7 June, 2016 • The popular Nao and Pepper robots are teaching students at two schools in Singapore to see how robots can be used to teach children in interactive ways.
Pepper Working as a Pizza Hut Cashier
By Steve Crowe · 24 May, 2016 • Pepper humanoid robots will soon be working as cashiers at Pizza Hut restaurants in Asia. And thanks to a partnership with MasterCard, Pepper will be able to process payments and make recommendations based off ordering habits.
Pepper Robot’s US Debut Planned for 2016
By Steve Crowe · 18 May, 2016 • Pepper, the humanoid robot from Softbank, is expected to debut in the United States in 2016, focusing initially on businesses and not consumers.
5 Promising Robots for Kids with Autism
By Steve Crowe · 3 May, 2016 • Robots are helping autistic children in ways humans can't. Here are five social robots helping autistic children become more independent by improving their motor and social skills.
Can Pepper Solve Japan’s Repeat Offender Crisis?
By Steve Crowe · 26 April, 2016 • A Tokyo half-way house will use Pepper humanoid robots to mentor ex-cons in hopes of preventing them from committing future crimes.
Pepper Robots Selling iPhones in Tokyo
By Tim Hornyak · 28 March, 2016 • Softbank begins trial with Pepper humanoid robots staffing a cellphone store in Tokyo. Peppers “staff” the shop on three floors and they’re programmed to sell iPhone 6s phones and introduce a new electricity service from a SoftBank subsidiary.

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