This Robot Warns Paris Mall-Goers to Wear Masks to Curb Spread of COVID-19

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A robot named Pepper is hard at work reminding mall-goers in Paris to wear a mask, in a pedestrian effort to help curb the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, according to a recent YouTube video from SoftBank Robotics Europe.RELATED: TOKYO TRAINS SEE VIRUS-KILLING DISINFECTION ROBOTS TESTEDRobot warns mall-goers in Paris to wear a maskThe child-sized robot is stationed in a mall in Paris, and gently reminds passersby to don their masks to reduce the chance of spreading the COVID-19 illness, reports the CBC. As of writing, COVID-19 cases in France have seen an upsurge in the last month, with a current tally of 27.6 million people infected, according to The New York Times.”It’s a reminder, a little reminder. You know, we are human, and sometimes I happen to remove my mask when I get off the bus because I forget the rules, and I put it on as I enter the office because the robot reminds me to,” said Jonathan Boiria of SoftBank Robotics of Pepper the robot, according to the CBC report. “It’s important. We all make mistakes. We all forget.” Pepper the helpful robot maps its environment to localize his position. Source: SoftBank Robotics EuropePepper the robot …

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