What would happen if Pepper, the robot sold by Sprint’s parent company in Japan, met the Atlas Robot from a Boston company owned by Google?
Pepper is a short white model with a child-like voice and a playful demeanor. It’s personable and able to read emotions according to SoftBank Group Corp. that makes it. SoftBank reported that it sold out its 1,000 Pepper unit production for December in one minute.
Earlier this week, Sprint’s CEO Marcelo Claure demonstrated Pepper in a series of quick video tweets while at the Mobile World Conference in Barcelona, Spain.
In another clip, Pepper shows Claure how it dances.
In this one, Pepper tells the Sprint CEO that his company has the best deal on the new Galaxy S7, evidence the robot knows where his circuits get programmed.
Now meet Atlas. It’s a robot in developedment by Boston Dynamics and was highlighted by the tech website BGR as able to open doors.
Atlas is a beefier, two-legged robot, lifting boxes and placing them on shelves. Not so much personality as functionality, like walking – sometimes staggering – across a snowy patch of ground.
Still, Atlas doesn’t seem to get upset when its handlers knock things out of its hands, push h it backward with a sharp jab from a stick or even shove it down face-first onto the floor.
Maybe brainy Pepper could convince brawny Atlas to carry its across that snowy terrain.