World’s first humanoid robot named Peeper that can communicate and read emotions was unveiled in Japan on 5 June 2014 by a mobile phone company Softbank Corp. The robot will go on sale for general public in Japan in February 2015 and will be priced 198000 yen (1900 US dollar).
The humanoid robot equipped with an emotion engine and can recognise emotions by reading facial expression, body language and tone of voice was engineered by Softbank after teaming up with French robot maker Aldebaran Robotics SAS.
About Pepper, the humanoid robot
• It is 120 cm tall and weighs 28 kilograms
• Pepper is also loaded with sensors that include touch sensors in its hand
• Uses sensors to monitor the happenings around before making an independent decision
• It can learn things by interactions with humans and the experiences will be uploaded on internet and shared with other peepers through cloud database
CEO of Softbank Corp, Masayoshi Son demonstrated the capabilities of Peeper of talking and reading human emotions in Urayasu, Japan.