The Costa Group has announced an exclusive agreement for Pepper robots to sail on ships in the AIDA and Costa Cruises brands.
Billed as the world's first robot that reads main human emotions, Costa said Pepper will be used to provide help and entertainment to guests onboard Costa Cruises and AIDA ships. Pepper has already completed an "internship" onboard AIDAstella in which he engaged with customers and crew.
The first batch of Peppers will join the crew and start helping onboard AIDAprima and Costa Diadema in spring 2016, guiding guests when they embark and while onboard. They will also be on hand to provide recommendations and tips on restaurants, events and excursions. The robots speak German, Italian and English.
By the summer of 2016 the rest of the robots will be joining the crew aboard the Costa and AIDA fleets.
Details on Pepper
Launched in June 2014 in Japan by Softbank and Aldebaran, Pepper is said to be the first humanoid robot in the world capable of recognizing the main emotions and to take his environment into account and proactively act accordingly.
Pepper is equipped with features and a high-level interface for communicating with those around him, to move fluidly and analyze expressions and voice tones using the latest advances in voice and emotion recognition.