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Pepper: The Japanese humanoid robot

  • Published at 07:39 pm July 30th, 2016
Pepper: The Japanese humanoid robot
It is the first humanoid robot which is able to recognise the principle human emotions and familiarise its behavior to the mood of its interlocutor. It is designed as a sincere day-to-day companion who would communicate with you in the most natural and spontaneous way, through his body movements and his voice. Pepper tries to learn about you as much as it can: about your tastes, habits and who you are overall. Moreover, it can be personalised by downloading the software applications of your interest, according to your mood or the occasion. The best part is that it adapts and evolves with you. Currently, more than 140 SoftBank Mobile stores in Japan are using Pepper as an innovative way of updating and amusing their customers. It is also being adopted in many Japanese homes. Mastercard has partnered with Pizza Hut Asia to deliver a different type of experience in a Pizza Hut store using the robot, as well as create an app. It was announced earlier this year that Pepper will soon be taking orders in Pizza Hut locations across India. It is expected that by the end of this year, Pepper will be able to make recommendations, complete transactions and be formally employed. The app will be powered by Mastercard payment service MasterPass. Those who have a MasterPass account will be able to pair with Pepper and place an order by tapping the Pepper icon in the digital wallet. After pairing, Pepper can explain the menu, give recommendations, take the order and even give a breakdown of the calories in your meal. Vipul Chawla, managing director of Pizza Hut Restaurants Asia, said they are very thrilled about Pepper. He is expecting this will make it easier for customers to engage, bond and manage transactions with Pizza Hut. It will save time and will give customers a fun and exciting experience. Pepper is already being used in quite a number of places. It has taken over the role of a waiter, salesman and customer service representative in about 500 companies in Japan, including Nestle, Mizuho Bank ad Nissan, Reuters reports. The cost of each bot is approximate $1,800 and will soon launch for pre-sale in the United States in July.