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Pepper robot gets first Android SDK...and it's finally coming to America

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Pepper, the so-called "emotional robot" that made its debut in Japan almost two years ago, is preparing to come state-side.

Pepper is a four-foot tall, humanoid robot with a child-like upper body and a three-wheel base.

"This is the first opportunity for the Android community to get their hands on a SDK to help them program on this platform," said Steve Carlin, vice president of marketing and business development at Softbank Robotics America.

Android has a huge development community, so bringing the relatively new robot platform to it makes sense.

"We want to incentivise them to come on and use their creativity to create solutions for how other people will be using Pepper, for business or personal use," said Carlin.

Pepper's Android adoption could lead to integration with other Android devices and systems, including tablets, smartphones and smart home devices.

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