Remember the Tribbles? They are the cute, fluffy lifeforms of Star Trek fame that once won the hearts of the crew on board the Starship Enterprise - although they failed to impress the resident Vulcan. While "Bones" McCoy thought they were nice, soft and furry, and particularly liked their pleasant sound, Spock retorted in his typical logical manner that you could achieve the same effect with “an ermine violin, but I see no advantage in having one." But let's get back to Pepper. As Europe's Business Festival for Innovation and Digitization, the new CEBIT is the ideal place to show that fun and business are not mutually exclusive - and that Pepper can do much more than just kindle our maternal or paternal instincts, thanks to the recent integration of a multi chatbot.
The developers behind Pepper work at SoftBank Robotics, one of the world's leading robotics innovators. Employing more than 500 staff in Paris, Tokyo, San Francisco, Boston and Shanghai, the company has already manufactured more than 20,000 NAO and Pepper robots that are being put to good use in education, retail, healthcare and tourism environments in over 70 countries. The team at SoftBank Robotics is now exhibiting a new software development kit at CEBIT 2018 designed to help users create customized Android apps for Pepper.