Pepper Robots' Turn as Love Live Idols Isn't Up to Snuff
posted on by Lynzee Loveridge
The Pepper robot has proven its an adequate stand-in for its human counterpart in a number of career avenues, including manning a cell phone store, backing up Asian Kung-Fu Generation, brewing coffee, and officiating weddings. Pepper's versatile programming is impressive, but it looks like its not up to par with complicated choreography Japanese idols have to learn to entertain fans.
Nine Pepper robots put on wigs and dresses to cosplay as the girls from the hit idol anime Love Live! for the "Helloween" event at Akihabara UDX on Sunday. Unfortunately, things were off from the get go. Rin's counterpart spends much of the song facing stage left while Kotori simply checks out of the performance all together.
I guess idol fans can still count on live performers for the time being, at least until robots nail their routines down.