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June 2020 – New SPARK version available with its App Catalog

New version of SPARK is now available with a lot of new features:

  • Pick, try, buy, activate contents from a wide range of applications directly from our App Catalog
  • Create your own contents from ready-to-use templates (FAQ, Quiz, Receptionist, Robot Presenter…)
  • New languages have been added
  • Many new features to give robots a new spark of life

June 2020 – COVID-19: How can social robots help companies fight the pandemic?

Many companies have plans to integrate robots and automation in their long-term strategies, but in this uncertain time, COVID-19 has forced organizations to find new and innovative solutions to fight the pandemic and above all, to protect their employees and customers. Among the recently deployed robots, there are social robots, where their many features have been used in different ways…

pepper robot covid-19 pandemic

November 2019 – A New AI Robot Industry Disruptor in Europe: HERA announces Strategic Partnership With UBTECH Robotics

Recently created, HERA has just announced a strategic partnership with UBTECH Robotics to jointly offer intelligent humanoid service robots to the most tech-savvy businesses in Europe…

HERA UBTECH partnership

October 2019 – Génération Robots, Avatarion and Intuitive Robots create HERA

The Human Empowering Robots Alliance (HERA), consisting of Génération Robots, Intuitive Robots and Avatarion, three European pioneers in humanoid robot software development join their forces to provide a unique robots distribution channel with the best software solutions in Europe…

HERA logo

October 2019 – Business Innovation Week, Zurich, Switzerland

First time for Cruzr in Switzerland

From October 1st to 4th we attended the Business Innovation Week event held in Zurich, Switzerland. This event was a great opportunity to showcase different robots using our SPARK solution. In addition, in was the very first time we showed Cruzr robot, the new generation of service robot from UBTECH Robotics, in Switzerland.

May 2019 – Vivatech 2019, SPARK evolution and new partnership

SPARK works now on 4 different robots

For the fourth year in a row, we were at Vivatech in Paris, one of the largest tech event in Europe. Vivatech was the perfect occasion to showcase the latest version of SPARK, our smart solution for robots, which now works on 4 different robots (Pepper, Cruzr, Buddy and Alpha-Mini). By presenting various retail, service and hotel use cases, we showed how useful and effective robots they are in any kind of business.

Botaldo : A Partnerhsip with DYDU and l’Equipe

For the first time, we showcased Botaldo, the soccer expert chatbot from the sports media l’Equipe. By using the DYDU chatbot platform and thanks to our SPARK solution, we have integrated Botaldo into robots, allowing to ask the robots any questions about the French soccer league. Botaldo will soon be available on other platforms.

January 2019 – Meetup Voice/AI – SPARK solution presented by Pepper

The use of voice AI technology is rising!

We were at the Voice / AI meetup organised by 1Kubator to talk about how we use the voice and AI technology in robotics, we took the opportunity to showcase SPARK, our latest smart solution for robots.

Key points

  • Social robots like Pepper or Cruzr are great interfaces between physical and digital world
  • SPARK integrates the most performing chatbots & voicebots and the best knowledge technologies to provide smart, useful and efficient interaction with social robots.

Here is everything you need to know about the SPARK Solution

October 2018 – Knowledge technologies integrated in SPARK

What if you could ask any questions to robots?

Using the most performing knowledge technologies from the Web in our SPARK solution, people are now able to ask any questions to robots.

Better than a smart speaker?

The robot answers questions and goes beyond by proposing to follow the conversation based on the context and uses its tablet to display useful information! The speech, the tablet display and the body language are fully adapted, providing a natural way to communicate with Pepper.

Pepper answers any questions
Episode 1: General Knowledge

Pepper answers any questions
Episode 2
: Science

June 2017 – IR & SBR America partnership announcement

Softbank Robotics America has acquired Pepper4Services

Softbank Robotics America is now the official owner of Pepper4Services, the CMS dedicated to Pepper robots.

New business tool for US market : Promoter

In partnership with SBRA, we’re designing a new business solution for Pepper enabling to attract, engage, convert and reward the customers. More info on Softbank Robotics America website.

May 2017 – Vivatech Paris

The world’s ‘rendez-vous’ for startups & leaders

For this second edition, 6 Pepper robots welcomed visitors at the main entrance. Using our P4S applications, Pepper’s job was to give information about the main conferences, help people to find their direction and entertain them with interactive games.

In addition to the Pepper partners village organized by Softbank Robotics, we were also at Carrefour Lab where Pepper made the promotion of smart devices.

Best moment so far was the handshake between Pepper and French President Emmanuel Macron.

We will be at the next Vivatech edition end of May, click here for more info.

April 2017 – Pepper World Paris

The official Pepper Partners event

Finally an event fully dedicated to Pepper in France! Organized by Softbank Robotics Europe, we showed our P4S solution and its new features, enabling to deploy Pepper even more rapidly in any kind of business!

The P4S solution includes:

  • Product promotion app
  • FAQ app
  • Satisfaction survey app
  • Entertaining apps

IR Founder Franck Calzada talks about P4S

January 2017 – Pepper @ Westfield

Pepper is greeting Westfield mall shoppers in San Francisco

Recently deployed in two Westfield shopping malls, Pepper’s main mission is to assist concierge services, drive foot, entertain shoppers with games and dances and gather valuable customer data.

To create apps, the company is using our Pepper4Services CMS, enabling to easily build and manage the robot’s behavior (speech – tablet display – gesture).

Few insights from SBRA:

  • 95% customer satisfaction
  • 10K+ customers directed to stores
  • 100+ surveys run each week
Pepper at Westfield shopping mall – Highlights