Pepper's Circle of Smiles

Pepper Smile Program—Bringing Joy and Learning to Children

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Pepper Smile Program—Bringing Joy and Learning to Children

The personal robot Pepper is the first robot in the world to have emotions. Pepper is loaded with fun robot apps that allow children to learn and play. We believe that in offering this exciting experience of the future, we are also able to provide great joy and learning as well. So in March 2016, SoftBank Robotics Corp. began soliciting participants for the Pepper Smile Program. Under the program, Pepper is loaned out free of charge for one month to kindergartens and children's medical facilities to provide the opportunity for children to experience the future with him.
So far, Pepper has been dispatched to a large number of kindergartens and children's medical facilities.*

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    We are no longer taking applications due to the large number that have been received.
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    Photographs by courtesy of: Midorigaoka Gakuen Hayashi Kindergarten and Ishikawa Gakuen Suginoko Kindergarten

Providing Recreation at Nursing Care Facilities

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Providing Recreation at Nursing Care Facilities

Pepper for Biz is a corporate service that has garnered attention not only for its contributions to the business world but for Pepper's role as a device for supporting local communities. Ittokai Group, a social welfare organization that provides day care services* for seniors, uses a day service robot app that was planned and developed jointly by rehabilitation specialists and Fubright Communications. The app provides seniors with an enjoyable form of recreation that also serves as rehabilitation by having them move their arms and legs following Pepper's lead and learn choreographed movements while singing.

The response of seniors who have interacted with Pepper has been extremely positive, and many encouraging comments have been received, such as, “Pepper's voice and gestures are so cute!” and “Pepper is like a grandchild.” Pepper also helps to lighten the load of staff members by acting as recreation support staff.

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    Day care services are rehabilitation services for seniors that include physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language-hearing therapy. There are also programs for calisthenics, functional exercises, lunches, bathing and recreation.

Activities in the Areas Affected by the 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake

Activities in the Areas Affected by the 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake

Pepper was dispatched in June 2016 to evacuation shelters in Kumamoto Prefecture to support the communities affected by the 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake that occurred in April. The aim was to relieve some of the stress of those living in shelters for an extended time. Evacuees, from children to adults, had a fun time with Pepper, conversing, doing exercises, playing games, and more.

Free-of-charge 3 Year Pepper Loan for School and NPO Activities

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SoftBank Group Corp. is lending the humanoid robot Pepper to municipalities and non-profit organizations (NPOs) at no charge for a three-year period. Under this “Pepper Social Contribution Program”, Pepper is being utilized for programming education and contributions to society.