Pepper’s eyes lit up at the children who gathered at the Fredericksburg branch of the Central Rappahannock (Va.) Regional Library to meet the robot. “I like humans,” Pepper said. “Humans are so cute!” Pepper, a SoftBank robot that was purchased by the library for its MakerLab program, was making its first stop November 5 on a tour of all of the branches. Pepper’s software is designed to work with children in an educational capacity in libraries and schools. Pepper is designed to recognize human faces, but only if the user smiles. Pepper prompts the user to smile, and explains to children that they look like a rectangle or cucumber until they do.
Fredericksburg (Va.) Free Lance-Star, Nov. 7