Now, SoftBank is planning additional availability of the popular robot in addition to some surprising new capabilities that should get developers excited. Today, at Google I/O, the Japanese tech company announced it was opening up a new developer portal — and adding SDK Android Studio — to enable custom development of applications to extend Pepper’s capabilities ahead of the US launch.
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After the announcement at CES that SoftBank was bringing Watson’s artificial intelligence to the already smart humanoid assistant, and now Android further extending its capabilities, developers have a lot to be excited about moving forward — and after our hands-on at SXSW we were already pretty excited.
There’s no firm date, but SoftBank says it plans to add SDK Android Studio ahead of its US launch, planned for later this year.