Concrete Products

JUL 2018

Concrete Products covers the issues that attract producers of ready mixed and manufactured concrete focusing on equipment and material technology, market development and management topics.

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30 • JULy 2018 www.concreteproducts.com NEWS SCOPE HARDSCAPE One of southern California's leading hardscape design and installation contractors is deploying Pepper, a 4-ft. humanoid robot programmed to answer homeowner questions about outdoor living and project possibilities, at its San Diego County Fair (June 1-July 4) and Orange County Fair (July 13-August 12) booths. "In an ever-evolving, technologically-savvy world, we feel passionately about staying ahead of innovations in the home improve- ment industry. With Pepper, homeowners will have a new, fun and interactive way to engage with System Pavers," says CEO Larry Green. SoftBank Robotics America bills Pepper as "a revolutionary business tool that enhances customers' experience." In a setting like the System Pavers booth, the 3D camera- and artificial intelli- gence-equipped robot can detect surroundings and react to visitors by analyzing voice, facial expressions and vocabulary. On a lighter, more playful note, visitors can test Pepper's selfie feature or tag the robot to be the photographer by activating its digital photo booth. System Pavers adds humanoid robot to hardscape project sales team

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