Saturday 7 January 2017

Pepper: Japanese Robot Assistant That Can Read And Experience Emotions [Video]

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Pepper, a humanoid robot that can feel emotion and look after its owner, sold out a minute after going on sale.

The robot went on sale, after much anticipation and build-up. A minute later, all 1,000 had been sold, with customers paying the equivalent of £1,000 each for the robot and then monthly insurance and data fees on top.

For that money, the robot’s owners will be “made happy”, according to the company that made it. “He's an emotional robot, not a functional robot for domestic use with dish washer  or vacuum cleaner functionalities,” according to an FAQ on the site of French robotics firm Alderbaran that helped make the robot.

It will tend to its owners emotional needs by learning about them and having conversations with them. Humans can talk to the robot and it will be able to understand.

SoftBank's robot has come to be a kind of de facto face of robotics over the past few years thanks to its presence in shopping malls, cruise ships and in airports around the world. It recently arrived in the US for the first time and can be found in a handful of Westfield malls in San Francisco's Bay Area, with more to come soon. At the same time, SoftBank is searching out new businesses and environments in which Pepper could potentially play a role,

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