Why Social Robots?

Robots as companions and assistants has been a staple diet of science fiction for many years, whether it was C-3PO in Star Wars (Circa 1977), Twiki from Buck Rogers (Circa 1980), or, more recently, BayMax in Big Hero 6. We have taken these characters into our lives and many have longed for their own robot companions. Unfortunately, technology just hasn't caught up with our imaginations; until recently.

Since the early 2000s, we have started to see the first realisation of our science fictions robots, with the most well known being Honda's ASIMO. Today, robots are available commercially for everything from healthcare work, through retail and banking and on into education. Major universities are researching the value of robots in care and how they change our feelings towards technology. Paro, the robot seal, is already in use with people living with dementia, and our own work with children on the autism spectrum is moving forward rapidly. The real difference is that today, our robots are learning to take a social role, in limited ways, within our society, helping shoppers with information or assisting teachers working with special educational needs children.

However, the amazing robots we see today, like Nao and Pepper, are only useful if they can be programmed to perform useful tasks. And that is where we focus, turning robots into valuable solutions. Whether it is a custom requirement or something we have already addressed in one of our solutions. We are here to ensure that you get the maximum return on investment with your social robots.

 
Custom Applications

Custom Applications

Offering your customers a unique experience, Pepper can welcome them, support them in the early stages of their journey through your products and services. Guide them according to their demands or desires.


Robot Content Manager

Robot Content Manager

The Robot Content Manager allows you to manage and vary how and what your Pepper or Nao presents, without entering a new, and potentially costly, development cycle.


Assist for Autism and SEN

Assist for Autism and SEN

Assist for Autism and Special Needs is taking special education forward with a user friendly, engaging robot assistant for teachers, complete with ready to use activities to help children reach new levels of greatness.


Meet the New Nao

Meet the New Nao

58 cm in height, NAO was the first ever humanoid social robot to be commercially available. He has continually been evolving since the beginning of his adventure in 2006. Find out what's new with Nao6.


Pepper Launcher

Pepper Launcher

Avoid issues in noisy environments. The Pepper Launcher provides a configurable, easy to use application launcher for Pepper, right there, on her tablet. 


Transport Solutions

Transport Solutions

Protect your investment! We have transport solutions for both Pepper and Nao. Keep your robot safe when it's on the move.


Industry News

How Robot Carers Could Be The Future For Lonely Elderly People 

Loneliness and social isolation are problems for many seniors, but studies have shown that help could come from social robots


Intelligent Social Robots Must Have a "Theory of Mind" 

Recognizing other minds is essential for intelligent social interaction.


Jibo Is Probably Totally Dead Now 

social robot company has sold its IP and assets


Virtual Assistants Evolve, But Will They Be Integrated in Robots? 

Will smart speakers and appliances lead to other instances of robotics and artificial intelligence in homes?


Eurostar deploys interactive robot at St Pancras station 

Eurostar passengers in the departure area of London St Pancras station can now interact with a humanoid robot to find more information about their journey.


Google Cloud Robotics Platform coming to developers in 2019 

Robotics management via the Google Cloud is on its way.