SoftBank Sells 1,000 Units Of Its Emotional Robot In One Minute
SoftBank Corp on Saturday sold out 1,000 units of its interactive robot called Pepper in merely sixty seconds.
SoftBank has got its humanoids designed from Aldebaran. The extraordinary facet of the Pepper is its ability to interact and live with human beings.
To make lively interaction with their human masters, Pepper uses voice and touch. Considering its ability to analyze the facial expressions, understand verbal and nonverbal movements through its sensors, make adjustment in moods and behaviors according to its owner, Pepper is truly a genius guy.
Pepper weighs 61 pounds only. It carries a lithium-ion battery that works for 12 to 14 hours on one time charging. Those who wish to buy the cute robot will have to spend a little more than 198,000 yen (US$1,613.51), as the price is without data and insurance fees.
According to a SoftBank announcement, its entire sales quota for June was to vend 1,000 units—which it achieved in just one minute after Pepper went on sale online at 10 a.m. on Saturday.
The company will reveal future sales planes in July. However, the company is more likely to maintain the production rate of 1,000 per month, as suggested by a statement from SoftBank Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Masayoshi Son.
According to a news service, the CEO has announced not to generate any profits from the production of world’s first robot with emotion reading capability for the period of at least four years.
“Pepper will become smarter every day by itself,” Son added. “Hundreds of thousands, million[s] of Peppers in the future, will teach each other and learn from each other simultaneously.”