Japanese tech giant unveils ‘Pepper’ the ‘emotional’ robot

TOKYO (NBC/NTV) — Japanese tech giant Softbank unveiled a new “emotional” robot.

CEO Masayoshi Son introduced the robot named “Pepper” at a press conference Thursday in Tokyo.

He says he wants to create affectionate robots that will make people smile and plans to market “Pepper” next year at a price of around $2,000.

“Pepper” is skilled at reading emotions and will be greeting customers at Softbank’s Tokyo outlets.

It joins Honda’s Asimo among the ranks of Japan’s cute humanoid robots.

“Pepper” can apparently even make jokes, thanks to capabilities developed with one of Japan’s leading entertainment agencies.

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