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  • The Japanese company SoftBank has announced that its humanoid robot Pepper that can recognize

  • and respond to human emotions, goes on sale in Japan this weekend.

  • SoftBank can make about 1,000 units available for purchase in the month of June

  • customers will be able to place orders for Pepper online starting from 10 am on June 20.

  • Pepper can remember faces and is programmed to recognise human emotions.

  • Pepper will not only be able to read emotions, it has evolved to have emotions.

  • In addition to Pepper's emotion recognition functions, Pepper has capabilities to generate

  • emotions autonomously by processing information from his cameras, touch sensors, accelerometer

  • and other sensors within hisendocrine-type multi-layer neural network.”

  • With this emotion function, Pepper's emotions are influenced by people's facial expressions

  • and words, as well as his surroundings, which in turn affects Pepper's words and actions.

  • Furthermore, a number of robot apps have been developed to make life fun with an emotional robot.

  • For example, thePepper’s Diarylinks Pepper’s emotions with daily family

  • events that are recorded with photos.

  • There will be around 100 apps available for download at launch.

  • The Pepper robot will sell for 198,000 yen

  • These robots will be manufactured by FoxConn. And, the Chinese online retailer Alibaba is

  • also partnering. Both are investing $118m in SoftBank's robotic division and will take

  • 20% shares in the company.

  • No date has yet been set for when Pepper will go on sale outside of Japan

  • Featuring more than 20 motors and highly articulated arms, Pepper is being promoted as a household

  • robot, assisting elderly people. Japan has a rising elderly population,

  • and the government is keen to use technology to help ease its overburdened healthcare system.

  • But the critics of this robot are saying that it is not much useful for the elderly people

  • as it can't lift anything

The Japanese company SoftBank has announced that its humanoid robot Pepper that can recognize

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