Beware salespersons! An “emotional” robot designed to converse with shoppers has been brought to life. Named Pepper by its developer Softbank, a Tokyo-based internet company, the humanoid robot struck conversations with shoppers and collected the opinions of customers. Also Read - Softbank may invest in Reliance Jio as Mukesh Ambani deleverages businessAlso Read - SoftBank, other investors, keen to pump up to USD 1 bn in Ola
The robot was billed as emotional by SoftBank president Masayoshi Son, who said it understands “70 to 80 percent of spontaneous conversations”. The four-foot tall robot which moves on rollers is equipped with facial-recognition technology and a number of cameras, audio recorders and sensors. That technology allows the robot to learn how to behave over time, instead of being programmed for specific tasks. Also Read - BSNL inks deal with SoftBank, NTT to roll out 5G, IoT services
Our aim is to develop affectionate robots that can make people smile, Son was quoted as saying. The humanoid, which is set to go on sale in Japan in February 2015, will cost about $1,900 (Rs.112,147), Time reported.