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Paris city hall gives jobs to Pepper and Nao robots

Pepper and Nao now busy working at the city hall of the fifteenth district of Paris

Paris has become the first city in France, and one of the few cities in the world, to have employed humanoid robots in its city hall. 

The city hall of the fifteenth district of Paris has just received two robots created by SoftBank Robotics, namely the Pepper and Nao robots.

The two small robots also integrate applications powered by the Hoomano company. 

pepper and nao robots

With cameras, sonars, and microphones and speakers, Pepper and Nao have high-level skills which allow them to interact with their people using visual and voice recognition, and to move with fluidity, says SoftBank.

Pepper is 120 cm high and weighs 25 kg, and is currently “settled” in the Paris city hall’s entrance in order to welcome the visitors, guide them in the building and deliver information.

Pepper is intended to be used to help civil servants in their job, says SoftBank.

Nao is 58 cm high and weighs 5.3 kg, and is set to be used in a more playful function, at school, to help pupils to learn english and computer coding, says SoftBank.

Four schools have been selected to experiment these applications before a larger-scale development, adds the company.

SoftBank says it plans to develop Pepper and Nao through the upcoming months in cooperation with Hoomano as well as public and private partners, including Paris-Ile-de-France région, Métropole du Grand Paris, Orange, La Poste, and some start-ups.

The overall idea is to implement emerging digital tools in the public sector.

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