SoftBank, Japanese multinational company, has launched its emotion-sensing robot Pepper, and it will be available to buy in Japan from June 20 for a total cost of around $9,040 (¥ 1,093,400).
This robot Pepper comes with a retail cost of $16000 (¥ 198,000) along with three-year warranty and support plan. But right now, the company is planning to manufacture only 1,000 units of Pepper in its initial segment.
The Pepper is capable of responding to emotions like anger, joy and irritation. Apart from these stuff, Pepper can also entertain people by dancing and playing songs. If we’re talking about the outlook of this report, so it has no legs and moves on wheels, has a hairless head and moving arms.
There are almost 200 apps that will be available for use with Pepper at launch, and the company is also working on other applications for this smart robot.
Additionally, SoftBank is also planning to launch an enterprise model under its ‘Pepper for Biz’ project and the company is all set to reveal all the related details about its Pepper’s Biz model in July at SoftBank World 2015 event.
At present, 20 units of Pepper have already been licensed by Nestlé to sell coffee in its Japanese stores. Nestlé is planning to arrange Pepper in 1,000 outlets by the end of the year.
In addition to this, SoftBank also announced a $589 Million joint venture between its robotics arm, Foxconn of Taiwan and Alibaba Group of China to build thousands of Pepper units per year for sale across the world.