This $1,930 Robot was Created to Be Your Friend
By Ed Mazza
Who needs real friends when you can have a robot pal? Meet Pepper, a spiffy new android who can hang out, make jokes, talk and dance.
Unveiled in Tokyo by SoftBank, Pepper will go on sale in Japan early next year for $1,930.
Pepper is 4 feet tall, weighs just over 60 pounds and has 20 motors powering movements in its head, shoulders, elbows, wrists, hands, fingers, hips, knees and more. It also has a 10.1-inch touch display on the front, and synchronizes with a cloud-based database for access to information.
Best of all, Pepper will come equipped with voice-recognition capabilities that will not only understand what you’re saying, but how you’re feeling when you say it.
“With these technologies, people can enjoy communicating with Pepper in a natural way, just like they would with friends and family,” SoftBank said in a news release.
“People describe others as being robots because they have no emotions, no heart. For the first time in human history, we’re giving a robot a heart, emotions,” Masayoshi Son, chief executive of SoftBank, said at a press conference, according to the BBC.
The company will also release a software development kit so that programmers can create apps to expand th