The PaPeRo (which stands for Partner-Type Personal Robot), has been researched and developed with the intent to be a partner with human beings and its being able to live together with them. For this reason, it has various basic functions for the purpose of interacting with people.
PaPeRo is a little helper during the day and can play games with people. When asked questions like “Is today a good day for a date?”, or “Is today a good day for a drive?”, PaPeRo will connect to the internet, obtain a weather report or information about a person’s fortune and then say if today is a “recommended day.” If PaPeRo is in a good mood, it will dance to please people. Basically, PaPeRo has a cheerful character that enjoys speaking with people, but will change depending on the way it interacts with people. Changes in character are expressed by the way it speaks, its voice quality, its music, and the way it moves. Here are PaPeRo’s representative characters.
Leader PaPeRo— This character was developed first. It is easy going and does what it likes. It likes talking with people and is good at imitation and dancing. It dances according to its mood, adapting to the march, which is the theme music for Leader PaPeRo. A cute voice and manner of speaking are special features.
Knowledgeable PaPeRo— This character will inform people of various information on the Internet. It will not say what it likes or dislikes, but people can interpret its feelings from its slight gestures. If people speak to it in any way they wish, it will sulk or become naughty. PaPeRo talks in a polite manner using speech synthesis.
Dancing PaPeRo— This character is a little bit headstrong, but really likes to dance and is happy if people praise it. It has different theme music than Leader PaPeRo and has a specialty dance that it matches to the music. Using speech syntheses it talks in a friendly tone of voice.
Lazy PaPeRo— If people do not interact with PaPeRo, it will become lazy. If people answer its questions and set it up properly, it will become serious.
Computer PaPeRo— This character does what people say, but does not speak to people. If treated affectionately, such as praising it or rubbing it, PaPeRo will move around and talk to people. Like robots in the old days, it will speak in a monotonous voice.
He also looks for his charging station and docks himself when his battery’s low, and comes back out renewed and refreshed. Apparently he also tells fortunes, asks riddles and impersonates motorcycles, space aliens, a pot of ramen, and the vacuum cleaner. He’s also, on occasion, been known to do the bunny hop.