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Pepper the Inflight Service Bot is a multi-lingual flight attendant who doesn’t hate picking up your garbage

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At the Disrupt SF Hackathon today in San Francisco, a team of seasoned software engineers unveiled Pepper the Inflight Service Bot, a robot flight attendant that doesn t hate picking up barf bags, can circulate in a plane even when there s turbulence, and can speak to passengers in their own language.

The robot is built using the Pepper companion robot, IBM Watson s artificial intelligence systems for natural language, and Panasonic s in-flight data and displays, along with Here Maps indoor navigational data.

It isn t just for in-flight use.

The robot can check in passengers at the gate, scanning their tickets, and then circulate in a plane or wait at the end of a flight to tell passengers– in their own language — which gate they need to go to for a connecting flight.

The hacker team for the Inflight Robot included: Peter Ma, Ed Aguilar, Diego Gonzalez, Brian Cottrell and Savalas Colbert.

According to Ma, the team came together and was inspired to build a robotic flight attendant at Disrupt based on the APIs and tools made available to them here.

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