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Taiwan Welcomes SoftBank’s Humanoid Robot, Pepper

Pepper’s Global Adventure Begins Today

Meet Pepper

Pepper is your friendly robot; just like those you have often seen in sci-fi films. No, we are not referring to the evil Skynet. In fact, Pepper is a far cry from that. It seems kind and intelligent. SoftBank developed Pepper some time ago and claims it to be capable of perceiving human emotions. Pepper has just been launched in Taiwan in its first overseas outing.

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Previous Sales

It first hit the market in Japan, home to SoftBank’s headquarter. The company tested the robot by selling its units to corporate enterprises. The sale was, in fact, a rental agreement for 3 years and cost around $16,000. Since its debut in October last year, Pepper has now stepped overseas for the first time.

Just like it did in Japan, in Taiwan too, SoftBank has rolled out Pepper for enterprising companies only. According to insiders, the general public will have to wait for some more time before they get their hands on their own Pepper robot. Some government offices have already started using the humanoid.

Pepper’s Success Story Till Now

Earlier this year, SoftBank gave Android developers a deeper access to Pepper’s tech at Google I/O. The company has also tested Pepper robot working at a Pizza Hut. The company has also showcased the humanoid’s capabilities in a retail store setup. Watch this video.

Eager to get this robot-friend home? Share your views in the comments section below.

Takeaways:

  • SoftBank developed a humanoid, Pepper, some time ago and claims it to be capable of perceiving human emotions.
  • The company tested the robot by selling its units to corporate enterprises in Japan.
  • It’s only available on rental for a time period of 3 years and costs around $16,000.
  • Now Pepper has just been launched in Taiwan in its first overseas outing.

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