Meet Pepper, the personal robot that reads emotions, to be available in Japan from early 2015 at approx. $2,000 per unit: http://bit.ly/1lr4DPr
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The World’s First Personal Robot That Reads Emotions
Pepper is a humanoid robot that takes his surroundings into consideration to react pro-actively using proprietary algorithms. Pepper also comes equipped with capabilities and an interface that enables communication with people, including the latest voice recognition technology, superior joint technology to realize graceful gestures, and emotion recognition that analyzes expressions and voice tones. With these technologies, people can enjoy communicating with Pepper in a natural way, just like they would with friends and family. In addition, Pepper can make jokes, dance and amuse people thanks to a wide variety of entertainment capabilities, some of which were developed in cooperation with Yoshimoto Robotics Laboratory, Inc., a Yoshimoto Kogyo Group company. Capabilities that help Pepper evolve by learning through daily interactions with people are also being planned for the commercial launch timing.
Furthermore, a variety of applications created by developers around the world, robot apps (programs that can be incorporated into Pepper’s various capabilities, including motion, conversation and sensors) are scheduled for expanding Pepper’s capabilities. The Aldebaran software development kit (SDK) will be provided for creating robot apps, and in September 2014, a Tech Festival in Tokyo is under planning to provide technical specifications, development methods and other details.