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Softbank's 'Pepper' robot understands feelings

Jun 5 2014, 6:13am CDT | by , in News | Technology News

Softbank's 'Pepper' robot understands feelings
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Pepper will cost less than $2,000 next year

Japanese telecom Softbank and its CEO Masayoshi Son have always wanted to give space to newer challenges and this time is no different with their new project of robots. The robot, called Pepper, was revealed at a press conference in Japan and the way it works has been inspired by the technologies used by the French robotics company Aldebaran. The Pepper robots will be put up for sale to the public next year at a price of less than $2000.

Aldebaran is the name behind the very first humanoid robot called the Nao and over the years of covering these robots, the world still isn’t getting over their dance moves. Aldebaran CEO Bruno Maisonnier is most certainly happy and feels honored that Softbank could believe in his vision. He says that he truly believed that robots are fully capable of recognizing human emotions and this will completely change the way we communicate. 

The robot has the ability to communicate through emotions, speech or body language. For the communication process, it makes use of the mics and the proximity sensors inside it. Apps can be installed inside the robot and the unit’s functionality can also be upgraded. At the moment, Pepper can understand almost 4500 Japanese words but the more impressive thing about the robot is its ability to read into the tone used to understand its master's disposition. According to the CEO, "With Pepper, the future begins today."

 

source: softbank

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