Robot visits children at a Wraxall hospice

PUBLISHED: 10:00 09 January 2018

Humanoid robot, Pepper, with children from the hospice.

Humanoid robot, Pepper, with children from the hospice.

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A dancing and talking robot mesmerised children when it visited a hospice in Wraxall.

Pepper, a humanoid robot trained to recognise human emotions, was taken to Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) by GWS Robotics.

The children, aged three to 13, asked Pepper a number of questions and instructed the robot to carry out various tasks.

David Graves, creative director for GWS Robotics and GWS Media, said: “We were delighted to pay CHSW a visit and share our excitement for robotics.

“Pepper is the first humanoid robot capable of recognising human emotions, which is an amazing developmental leap.

“We showed the children how the robot moves, what it can be used for and explained how it is controlled.

“They really enjoyed the visit – as did we.”

The robot has worked in hospitals, companies, schools and homes in Japan.

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