The company that is known for intelligent robot-systems, CloudMinds has developed a smart robot rental program that serves intelligent cloud service humanoid robots. This robot, as announced by the company, is designed for entertainment at trade shows, weddings, special events, conferences, and offices.
Well-equipped with advanced NLP (Natural Language Processing) and sophisticated task ability, the robots are accessible to everyday people through smart interactions. The system can interact in multiple languages and entertain people through dancing and gestures while delivering customized brand experience.
Bill Huang, founder, and chief executive officer of CloudMinds said, “We’re bringing the power of cloud artificial intelligence-powered robots, which learn with human input, closer to society. This further strengthens our foundation in providing an even wider range of intelligent compliant service robots from CloudMinds – from wheeled to two-legged form factors. Ultimately, we’re elevating what is now the ‘new normal’ expectation of helpful, friendly robots for homes and businesses.”
According to Alberto Scherb who works as the senior director of the CloudMinds Smart Robot rental program, this rental program will start with the Cloud Pepper robot, which is already quite well-known across several industry verticals in the world. He also implied that the future plans with this program include Cloud Cleaning, Cloud Assistant, Cloud Patrol, and Cloud Vending robots.
As noted by BiometricUpdate, Cloud Pepper is developed on SoftBank Robotics’ Pepper, considered the first personal humanoid robot, and runs on cloud-based AI developed by CloudMinds. The intelligence of the robot can be judged as it integrates CloudMinds’ Human Augmented Robotics Intelligence (HARIX) platform (or “Cloud Brain”) and an ultra-secure virtual backbone intranet (“Nerve Network”). It also uses facial recognition to identify people and is capable of understanding their moods as well.
Moreover, Cloud Pepper’s NLP feature enables it to communicate in different languages, record demographics and analyze customer interactions. Its suggested use cases include – brand ambassador at tech or medical tradeshows, fashion events and book launches, receptionist or representative at airports, schools, hospitals, and other public spaces.
Apart from CloudMind’s innovation SpaceX’s Dragon capsule includes a robo astronaut called Cimon-2 which can entertain the crew for the next three years, according to WTKR.
Notably, Cimon-2 is a brand-new model of the Crew Interactive Mobile Companion that has been built by Airbus at the German Aerospace Center and its AI is developed on IBM’s Watson technology.
Cimon-2 is an autonomous robot with abilities such as emotional intelligence and is expected to assist with different tasks on the space station, including serving as a conversation companion. The robot has two facial recognition cameras for eyes and five extra cameras for autonomous navigation and video recording. Through the contribution of psychologists, Cimon-2 has a personality and is capable of using different tones in conversation.
During a demonstration session, Cimon played music, gave instructions, and used facial recognition to recognize the person it was interacting with. It can also make eye contact with the same person. It also possesses the capabilities of photo and video recording which sparked the concern about what it will end up sharing.
Judith Buchheim, a researcher involved in the robot’s ethics evaluation said, “The new Cimon has a built-in switch that enables the data streams from all cameras and microphones to be interrupted from the ISS. The astronaut has control over Cimon at all times, which was especially important for us.”
Matthias Biniok, IBM’s Lead Watson Architect for Germany asserted, “When it was first deployed on the ISS, Cimon proved that it could understand not only the content within its given context but also the intention behind it. Cimon-2 goes one step further. With the help of the IBM Watson Tone Analyzer from the IBM Cloud in Frankfurt, it is now able to evaluate the emotions of the astronauts and respond to the situation in an appropriate way if this is desired by the astronauts, or if its emotional analysis capabilities are being tested as part of an experiment. This allows Cimon-2 to transition from a scientific assistant into an empathetic companion, as required.”