The Pepper Robot is now compatible with Android.
Japanese Softbank announced that the humanoid Pepper robot will support Google's Android operating system. The Android Pepper robots will go on sale starting in July for developers.
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Ahead of the launch, starting today SoftBank Robotics is offering a beta version of ‘Pepper SDK for Android Studio’, a software development kit that enables the development of RoboApps on the Android platform.
By making Pepper compatible with Android, Android application developers will be able to utilize their existing knowledge and technologies to develop RoboApps for Pepper. With the high number of Android developers around the world, the possibilities for Pepper RoboApp developers will greatly increase with Android support.
SoftBank Robotics will continue to provide its SDK, Choregraphe. RoboApps developed on the Choregraphe platform will also be compatible with Peppers that support Android.
The Android enabled Pepper robot will sell for 198,000 Yen (~$1,800). In addition there is a monthly fee for the Pepper Basic Plan of 11,800 Yen ($106) and an insurance plan for 9,800 Yen (~$88). The subscription plans require a commitment of 3 years.
Pepper made an appearance at the Google I/O 2016 this week. The beta version of the Pepper Android SDK is available for download on the Pepper portal.