June 13, 2016

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Belgian hospitals introduce robot receptionists (AFP June 13, 2016)

Pepper is taking up reception duties at hospitals in Ostend and Liege, where he was unveiled at the Centre Hospitalier Regional La Citadelle on Monday.

Standing 140 centimeters (4 ft 7 in) tall and equipped with wheels under his white frame, Pepper can recognize the human voice in some 20 languages and detect if he is talking to a man, woman or child.

In Liege the robot helper, who costs about 30,000 euros ($34,000), will for the moment remain in the hospital's reception area.

But at the AZ Damiaan hospital in Ostend, he can accompany visitors to the department they are looking for, said Raphaƫl Tassart of Belgian firm Zora Bots which developed the software inside his robot brain.

Robots like Pepper, whose components come from Asia but are assembled in France, have already been tested in Japanese shops and a few large French malls, generally carrying out retail functions.

Posted by at June 13, 2016 4:27 PM

  

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