Pepper the Robot Is Coming To America (and Android Developers)

Softbank's "emotional robot" is getting its first U.S. outpost in San Francisco.

5. 23. 16 by Colin Aboy
LANCE ULANOFF/MASHABLE

Last week’s Google I/O event certainly showcased where future web and mobile technologies are headed. At the event, Japan-based Softbank Robotics Corp. announced it is finally taking its popular “emotional robot,” Pepper, onto U.S. soil…complete with extra goodies for developers.

The company is opening its first outpost in San Francisco to address local development in the States. With this move comes more exciting news: the robot, which currently runs on Linux, will be able to run on Android, together with a software development kit (SDK).

The kit is perfect for those seeking to freely and creatively work on the potential of Pepper, since its arrival might open up a variety of ways to put it to good use.

The developers who have the SDK, however, won’t get their own Pepper (unless they buy one), but will instead have a virtual version of the robot to work with.

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