Designing a Non-Creepy Humanoid Robot Is a Delicate Affair

Designing a Non-Creepy Humanoid Robot Is a Delicate Affair

When meeting Pepper, it's not just what's on the inside that counts

Melanie Ehrenkranz
  • 20 january 2016

We locked eyes—Pepper’s glimmered blue in recognition. “Bump it bro,” I said to its head, and it rolled up its five fingers into a fist, reached out toward me, and we pounded it.

I met Aldebaran’s humanoid robot Pepper at CES this year to find out if a machine could really delight me enough to convince me to live with it. Pepper stands out from the JIBOs and the iRobots and the Makr Shakrs in that it isn’t designed to serve any particular purpose (personal assistant, cleaner, bartender) beyond being your buddy.

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