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Date: Jun 06, 2016
By: Lauly Li / Staff reporter
The Syntrend Start-up Foundation (三創育成基金會) is to convene its first robot developer
competition for Softbank Corp’s Pepper humanoid robot in an effort to create a developer platform for the robot in Taiwan.
“We hope to gather the resources of enterprises and innovations from start-ups to build a platform for the robotics industry through this competition,” foundation chairman Jeff Gou (郭守正), who also serves as chairman of the Syntrend Creative Park (三創園區) in Taipei, told a news conference.
Gou said the event could help enrich the amount of content for Pepper, as the robot is just a simple device without strong cloud-computing infrastructure and a wide range of applications.
The event could also help accelerate the pace of Pepper’s entry into commercial and consumer markets, he said.
The event is open to domestic and foreign developers who are interested in writing applications for robots, Gou said, adding that a total of 20 teams are to be selected to present their applications at the final of the competition on Sept. 3. [FULL STORY]