Developer Portal Launch and Google I/O 2016
Today SoftBank Robotics America (SBRA) invited developers into its new global Developer Portal, to gain access to the next level of interactive high-tech: Pepper, the humanoid robot. Coupling Pepper’s emotion-recognition AI with their own custom, coded creations, developers now have the opportunity to take part in the pioneering of this next generation computational platform while literally bringing their ideas to life.
In anticipation of Pepper’s U.S. debut, Pepper now supports Google’s Android OS and Google Mobile Services. Additionally, an SDK has been released allowing for Android Studio to support Pepper-specific APIs to enhance the developer experience.
Developers attending Google I/O this year learnt more about the Pepper SDK for Android Studio and the API’s from Laurent Lec, Software Director for SoftBank Robotics. During a 45-minute session on May 19, Lec explored the capabilities, practicalities and opportunities of the exciting new development landscape that Pepper brings by offering real time examples that illustrate the breadth of Pepper’s functionality and potential. Details on Google I/O can be found here.
“Pepper can do amazing things; sense and interpret emotion, provide retail shoppers with information, and engage and entertain customers,” said Steve Carlin, VP Marketing & Business Development, SoftBank Robotics America. “But we’ve only scratched the surface of Pepper’s potential and now we’re counting on the development community. We’re excited to partner with them to explore and evolve Pepper’s capabilities with innovative applications that help Pepper make people happy and enhance their lives.”
SBRA-led workshops and trainings will be organized through the Developer Portal and users can directly access documentation, software and other resources to help bring Pepper to life. Through open, collaborative forums on the portal, developers can connect directly with SBRA engineers and a smart, vibrant community of robotics programmers all working toward further advancing Pepper’s abilities. The combination of multiple SDK options, including the new Pepper SDK for Android Studio and Robot APIs within each SDK, will allow developers to create new, practical applications for Pepper even on a PC virtual environment.