Sunday 8 December 2019

Scientists develop robot personal trainer to coach runners at gym

 

Pepper the humanoid robot will encourage gym-goers. Photo: UWE Bristol/PA Wire
Pepper the humanoid robot will encourage gym-goers. Photo: UWE Bristol/PA Wire

Dean Gray

Scientists have developed a robot personal trainer to coach runners through an exercise programme on the treadmill.

Humanoid robot Pepper can tell jokes, show sympathy, lean in towards the runner and change eye colour to express different emotions.

The support is personalised based on the gym-goer's heart rate, speed, personality type, mood and fitness level.

Pepper gained its social intelligence by being trained by a human fitness instructor on how to be an encouraging coach.

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It learned when to offer praise during a workout and the cues that can motivate a runner to improve performance.

The robot was developed as part of a study led by human-robot interaction experts from Bristol Robotics Laboratory.

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