Published on Jun 6, 2014
Pepper, the Japanese humanoid robot which can sense emotions, was unveiled at a Softbank store in Ginza, Tokyo, on Friday. [VIDEO]
The robot is 1,20m (3,9 ft) tall and weighs 28 kg (62 pounds). It has two arms and rolls around on wheels. Pepper speaks English, Spanish, French and Japanese and comes with a touch screen plus an array of audio, visual and tactile sensors, enabling easy communication in a number of ways. It is the first robot that can read human emotions by using voice-recognition technology and proprietary algorithms.
Through Pepper Japan’s SoftBank Corp is hoping to expand into a sector seen key to addressing labour shortages in one of the world’s fastest ageing societies. The robots, which the mobile phone and Internet conglomerate envisions serving as baby-sitters, nurses, emergency medical workers or even party companions, are on the market for 198,000 yen (US$ 1,900/ €1,400).