INTRO: It is not unlike a scene from a Steven Spielberg film. In fact, some characters look quite similar! Pepper, a humanoid robot receptionist, is the latest employee at Belgium’s AZ Damiaan hospital in Ostend. Sharon Reich reports.
Pepper speaks 19 languages, knows her way around the place, and has the perfect bedside manner. Employed to welcome patients and visitors, it was developed by Belgium’s Zora Bots to improve health care.
The company’s Fabrice Goffin says Pepper is not like other humanoid robots on the market. “The robot itself is a metre 20 high, so it is not like Arnold Schwarzenegger with a leather jacket and an ‘I will be back’ robot, it is a quite nice robot and the reactions are positive for the moment for as long as it does not take jobs but it is not the case for Pepper.”
The robot was designed with specialized software that works on any device with internet access. A complete charge gives it up to 20 hours of walk and talk time. And at a mellow pace of 3 kilometres per hour all patients are able to keep up with Pepper, even slower moving ones. via – info news