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The new robot’s name is “Pepper”!!

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How about getting your own robot for two hundred thousand (200,000) yen?

As you may already know, a robot will be on sale in February 2015 from a Japanese telecommunications and Internet corporation, SOFTBANK. The robot’s name is “Pepper”.
The details are still unknown, but you can see what it’s like in their commercial and some of the SOFTBANK shops. I got photos and a video from my colleague who went to one of those shops the other day, so I’d like to share them with you.

Ta-dah!!
THIS IS “PEPPER”!

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Pepper

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Its concept is “By your side, to make you smile”. This is the world’s first personal robot to recognize your emotions, and it has lots of amazing abilities.

For example:

  •  Self-acting system like a real human being.
  • Can recognize your emotions from your expressions and voice tones by using the latest technology.
    It’s supposed to cheer you up when you feel sad, and to share your delight when you feel happy.
  • Improves day by day, so it will be able to do more things eventually.
    Maybe it has self-learning system? Its SDK (Software Development Kit) will be released.
  • Accessibility to vast knowledge using cloud computing.
    It can connect to the network, allowing access to various information on the web, to provide you the latest news, weather, stock prices, and so on.
  • Safety functions.
    Functions to avoid to crash, and keep its balance.

And many more …

“Pepper” won’t be able to help you with your household duties – it will neither clean your room nor cook for you, but it will amuse you and make you smile.Actually, “Pepper” in the shop is not exactly the same as the one on sale. The general “Pepper” will please you in a different way from the shop-version “Pepper”. Isn’t it exciting to imagine how “Pepper” will entertain you?

The only information on its sale is that it will be available for purchase starting on February 2015 and it will cost 198,000 yen, tax excluded. How it will be sold or what kind of supports will be provided are not yet announced. I wonder how much it will cost for network communications, maintainances, etc.
I will tell you when I get more infomation.

Who knows? You might actually meet “Pepper”-kun in the city at Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020.

■Information■
Source : SOFTBANK Offical Web Site (Subject to change)
http://www.softbank.jp/robot/products/
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