Robots are starting to pop up in a variety of places – especially in Japan. This SoftBank Pepper humanoid robot working at one of the company’s smartphone stores, and offers a customer coffee while she waits.
SoftBank’s Pepper robot is growing up. After working at smartphone stores, it’s ready for a new career in the fast food industry. Pizza Hut Asia is partnering with MasterCard on a trial run that will use Pepper for taking orders and information in restaurants by the end of 2016.
Technabob has written about Pepper before, and the words published were the mixture of disgust and fear that only the uncanny valley and faux-telepathic robots can inspire. The basic premise is that this eerie, white robot’s soulless and vacant black eyes are always studying you and reading for signs of weakness your emotions (for signs of weakness).
Pepper is a four-foot-tall mobile robot, designed to read and respond to human emotions. He comes with voice recognition and has four internal microphones and software that can analyze expressions and voice tones so that it interacts in a more natural way.
The lines I hate hearing when I’m sitting down at the dining table about to dig in on my meal when I’m particularly famished are:
Can you please pass the salt?
Can you please sprinkle a little bit of pepper in my soup?
Concerned about someone breaking into your house while you’re away? You could go with a conventional burglar alarm, but what sort of deterrent is a loud buzzer anyhow? This thing seems like a much better way to keep burglars on their toes.
The number of just plain stupid gadgets that you can buy and connect to your USB port is bewildering. The new Pepper Mouth concept gadget is one of the dumbest I have seen though. It assumes we want to stop calling the idiots we talk to on IM or in chat session’s names and cursing at them.
Pepper grinders are, by their very nature, kind of cool. Gives you an active role in the spicing of your food, at least. But this particular pepper grinder is in a whole different realm of cool, being that it’s shaped like a tetromino.
These whimsical salt and pepper shakers get their inspiration from a couple of good old D-cell batteries.
The guys over at Antrepo Design Industry created these prototype battery-sized Salt & Pepper Cells out of stainless steel and glass.
While this strange pink device might look like some sort of modern hair dryer, it’s not. In fact, the Avurt IM-5 is all about keeping people out of your face, not in it.
You see, the IM-5 is actually a high-tech update to the old can of pepper spray.
Star Wars may be over 30 years old, but that hasn’t stopped those LucasFilm merchandising folks from cranking out fresh ideas. That’s why I’m absolutely loving these R2 unit pepper mills.
Imagine having the boss over for dinner, asking if he’d like some pepper on his salad, then whipping out one of these little droids.
While these LEGO salt and pepper shakers don’t necessarily belong on my tech blog, I just thought they were too cool to not feature them.
Just $4.99 (USD) buys you this pair of shakers that resemble the classic LEGO heads.