Are Robots The Future Of Personal Training?

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Personal trainers could face compeition from machines in the future, as scientists have created a new robot called “Pepper” that can coach runners through an exercise programme on the treadmill, tell jokes, show sympathy and even change their eye colour to express different emotions.

Scientists have developed the new humanoid robot as part of a study led by human-robot interaction experts from Bristol Robotics Laboratory.

The robot has gained social intelligence by being trained by a human fitness instructor on how to be an encouraging coach, and learned when to offer praise during a workout, plus the cues that can motivate a runner to improve performance.

The support Pepper is able to give people during workouts is personalised based on the gym-goer’s heart rate, speed, personality type, mood and fitness level.

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