We - SoftBank Group Corp. (SoftBank Group) - will support the World Robot Summit (WRS) hosted by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and NEDO*1 in Japan in 2020. SoftBank Group will support the event by providing free technical support and other assistance including our humanoid robot, Pepper.
WRS aims to bring together advanced robotics technologies that are attracting attention in Japan and around the world to create opportunities for devising practical ways of using robots, both by resolving issues and by deepening understanding of robots and facilitating lively debate on their use. The event will include the World Robot Challenge (WRC), which features robot competitions, and the World Robot Expo (WRE), an exhibition of robotics technologies.
The WRC will include a Junior Category open to entrants up to 19 years old in which teams chosen from around the world will compete to develop applications and ways of using robots that are needed in schools. Pepper, the humanoid robot from our group company, SoftBank Robotics, has been selected as the standard robot platform to be used in this Junior Category competition.
Based on our common corporate philosophy of "Information Revolution - Happiness for everyone," we are supporting the World Robot Summit as a way to expand the potential of children around the world who hold the future in their hands.
- About Pepper
- Pepper is a human robot with the ability to act and speak with human being, and equipped with a function to recognize people’s emotions and feelings.
Pepper was launched in Japanese market in 2016, people can enjoy over 300 applications from appstore, and make program easily using "Choregraphe" with simple and high-quality GUI.
*1 New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization