Pablo Bot, Peru’s first robotic tour guide who rode the streets of Lima in June, can tell if a person or group of people would like to be approached for a tour, according to researchers who spoke to Peru Reports.
“The robot analyzes individual and group feelings and can decide whether or not to reach out to help,” said Professor Dennis Barrios, director of the School of Mechatronics Engineering at San Pablo Catholic University.
Students from the university presented Pablo Bot to great fanfare during the 2022 Innovation Week in Lima last month, and the project was funded by the National Council for Science, Technology and Technological Innovation ( Concytec) as well as the World Bank.
According to Mr. Barrios, Pablo Bot can “establish a conversation about the objects that are displayed in a museum, according to the predisposition observed in people”, helping the bot not only to communicate with people, but also to recognize their emotions and to adapt. his behavior accordingly.
To analyze humans, the robot “uses an integrated camera and machine vision and artificial intelligence algorithms” to analyze people’s posture and facial expressions to detect their emotions.
Mr Barrios said the robot is also “capable of detecting group emotion, which is an average of individual emotions. This allows the robot to change people’s proximity zones to make them feel comfortable.
Among his software capabilities, Pablo Bot is equipped with an AI-powered chatbot, which allows him to contextualize and store the information he collects on the cloud so that it can be used to teach his robotic descendants to the future.
Pablo is also a very good driver. According to Barrios, the robot “is able to navigate museums by automatically mapping their facilities, even when people and objects are moving.”
Pablo Bot could come to other cities in Latin America
Plans for the robot don’t stop in the halls of Lima’s most popular museums. According to Barrios, the team from the Catholic University of San Pablo plans to expand the use of robots like Pablo to other cities in Peru, as well as the state of Bahia, Brazil, while later seeking to expand into countries around the world.
In the short term, the team is working to expand Pablo’s ability to interact with humans and also aims to create a version of Pablo that uses 100% Peruvian material. Pablo Bot is currently built using SoftBank Robotics’ “Pepper” semi-humanoid robot.