Press release

New feature for Pepper: Mask wearing detection

Pepper is expanding its skills to help limit exposure to viruses and ensure people are wearing a mask in confined spaces.


As of July 20, anyone 11+ years of age must wear a mask in closed public places in France. In many European countries a fine can be given in those situations.
To support businesses and public places, SoftBank Robotics Europe is today unveiling a brand-new free feature for its humanoid robot, Pepper: mask detection.

An efficient deep learning solution with no personal data recording
Thanks to its cameras, Pepper can now scan faces of a group of people (up to 5 simultaneously) in order to check if they are wearing a mask. During the interaction, Pepper displays a green or red circle around the face on its tablet depending on whether the person is wearing a mask or not.
The AI algorithm can achieve a high score even on masks with complex patterns.
SoftBank Robotics Europe main certified partners are already finalizing the integration of this new functionality into their solutions.

There is no retention and use of personal data.

About SoftBank Robotics Europe
Leader in humanoid robotics, SoftBank Robotics Europe (SBRE) is headquartered in Paris and regroups about 400 employees. Creator of the robots NAO and Pepper, used today in more than 70 countries worldwide, in various fields, such as retail, healthcare, tourism and education, SoftBank Robotics Europe is a subsidiary of SoftBank Robotics Group Corp.
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Press contact :
Vincent SAMUEL
EMEA PR Manager
01 81 72 02 87

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