No one was really surprised to find that Pepper the humanoid robot sold out when it was released on Saturday in its home country Japan.
However, the big surprise was that all 1,000 emotional robots were sold out in less than a minute after they were put on sale, according to the Japan Times newspaper.
Pepper the humanoid robot was designed and developed for Softbank by a team of robotic engineer team called the Aldebaran group.
Pepper the robot was designed to interact and live with people, according to its creators.
The robot has a humanoid face and comes equipped with a special screen on its chest. It was designed to interact and communicate with humans using touch and voice.
The innovative robot has the ability to analyze and recognize facial expressions, words and body language using special sensors. It can also adapt its behavior and mannerisms to according to the person the robot is with.
Pepper the humanoid robot has a white exterior, is four feet high and weighs approximately 61 pounds. It runs on a lithium-ion battery that can last up to 14 hours.
The robot is available for sale at the price of 198,000 yen, which is about $1,600, plus data and insurance fees that can add up to its initial price.
At the beginning of June, the company that owns the robot, Softbank, announced that 1,000 units will be available for sale in Japan on Saturday, 10 a.m.
It only took one minute for all 1,000 robots to be sold out.
Those who couldn’t buy the robot must wait until July when Softbank will make more robots available.
Masayoshi Son, CEO of Softbank, said that Pepper will not bring profit to the company for at least four years, because it costs more to manufacture it than its sale price.
However, the robot’s creators said that Pepper can be a very smart companion.
Son added that the humanoid robot has the ability to become smarter by learning new things every day, just like a human being.
“Hundreds of thousands, million of Peppers in the future, will teach each other and learn from each other simultaneously”, said Softbank CEO.
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