Monday, March 30, 2020

SoftBank robot ‘Pepper’ gets ready for enterprises

SoftBank, Japanese telecom giant has announced that its emotionally intelligent robot, “Pepper”, will be making its mark in the enterprise with pre-orders opening from October 1.

First launched for consumers in Japan last month, the $9,000 bot can analyze gestures, voice tones, and expressions, all powered by a cloud-based artificial intelligence (AI) system. Similar to the consumer model, “Pepper for Biz” will be available through a monthly subscription, though businesses will rent the robot rather than buy it outright. SoftBank is only offering “Pepper for Biz” on a 36-month rental plan, amounting to roughly $442 a month or $16,000 for the full three years. Pepper will come with a set of pre-installed apps designed for use in the enterprise which are customizable.

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