Robot "Pepper" brings fun and support to the media library in Kamp-Lintfort

Robot "Pepper" is causing a stir in the media library on Prinzenplatz in Kamp-Lintfort, clearly demonstrating that technology can also be enjoyable. It is not merely a technical device but an interactive companion that playfully blurs the boundaries between human and machine.

From left to right: Lukas Schink, Prof. Kai Essig, Yvonne Frericks (Head of the Media Library)
A tablet positioned at chest height on the entirely white robot allows for individual programming and control of Pepper. The programming was carried out by students of the Faculty of Communication and Environment, supported by Professor Kai Essig, Professor of Human Factors and Interactive Systems. Lukas Schink, who took over the project from a master's student, infused the robot, purchased for 17,000 euros, with a sense of humour alongside its scientific purpose.

So, Pepper, besides its entertaining aspect, also serves a practical function. It is programmed to provide visitors with information, such as opening hours, locations of toilets, or prices in the bistro. Its aim is not only to be useful but also to enhance communication between humans and technology.

The testing phase in the library is part of a collaboration between the university and the city of Kamp-Lintfort. If Pepper meets expectations, it could potentially be deployed in other public facilities to assist staff and provide standard information to visitors. Additionally, it is planned for Pepper to be multilingual shortly, seamlessly transitioning between different languages. Another upcoming feature is its ability to proactively approach people rather than merely waiting passively for attention.

Until the end of the Easter holidays on April 5, 2024, anyone interested is welcome to meet Pepper at the media library in Kamp-Lintfort on Freiherr-vom-Stein-Straße 26. After that, it's on to the next internship - this time at Xanten Cathedral!