PaPeRo

PaPeRo

PaPeRo – the Partner-type Personal Robot – was created as a beginning to a robot assisted future envisioned by NEC to help humans live “life with more time to spare.” PaPeRo is capable of understanding 650 different commands and can speak over 3,000. PaPeRo is capable of face recognition and can read emails or deliver messages on demand. It can be controlled using a cell phone, sending its vision to the phone’s LCD screen, making it ideal for home monitoring or even assisting in childcare.

PaPeRo uses different technologies to interact with its environment. For example, Its “eyes” are really twin cameras with a face recognition system. With a pair of sensitive microphones, it can determine exactly where a sound comes from and if the sound is human speech. PaPeRo also has other sensors located in its head, which can detect if the robot is patted, slapped, etc., with PaPeRo responding accordingly.

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At the 2005 AICHI EXPO in Japan a PaPeRo robot equipped with an infrared ray spectroscopic analysis arm modifications scanned peoples food and told them its fat and sugar content. The PaPeRo beamd infrared rays of various wavelengths and depending on the absorbency spectrum which is unique for every food item, it determined the taste by comparing the values. It was so accurate that it could distinguish Cheese by its brand.

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NEC created PaPeRo to help them “investigate the relationships between people and robots.” Essentially that means they created it to be as adorable as it is helpful – it actually blushes when it gets loved.

Ane finally we want to present some nice but also WTF video with PaPeRo. Enjoy!

(sources: communistrobot, singularityhub)

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