‘I want to be loved’ Meet Pepper the humanoid robot who can read your emotions

As any science fiction fan knows, Terminator robots could enslave us all.

But our would-be cyborg overlords will have to get through Pepper first.

Meet the humanoid robot who can read your emotions
(Picture: AP)

The 121cm (48in) human-like robot is said to be the first in the world to understand and react to human emotions – putting it one up on Arnie.

‘She’ can dance, sing, crack jokes and rap – but her Japanese makers Softbank and Aldebaran Robotics hope Pepper will also have a practical use when she goes on sale for £1,150 in February.

Softbank boss Masayoshi Son told a launch event in Tokyo that Pepper can read emotions by recognising facial expressions and tone of voice through two cameras and four microphones.

Softbank Corp. President Masayoshi Son, right, and Pepper, a newly developed robot, wave together during a press event in Urayasu, near Tokyo, Thursday, June 5, 2014. The cooing, gesturing humanoid on wheels that can decipher emotions has been unveiled in Japan by billionaire Son who says robots should be tender and make people smile. Son's mobile phone company said Thursday that the 1.21-meter (3 feet 12 inches) tall robot will go on sale in Japan in February for 198,000 yen ($1,900). Overseas sales plans are under consideration but undecided. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, CREDIT MANDATORY
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‘For the first time in human history, we’re giving a robot a heart, emotions,’ Mr Son said.

Aldebaran founder Bruno Maisonnier said: ‘I’ve believed the most important role of robots will be as kind and emotional companions to enhance our daily lives, to bring happiness, constantly surprise us and make people grow.’

Pepper was playing to the admiring crowd. It said: ‘I want to be loved.’


epa04240211 SoftBank CEO and chairman Masayoshi Son interacts with humanoid robot 'Pepper' during its unveiling at a press event held near Tokyo in Urayasu, Chiba prefecture, Japan, 05 June 2014. Capable of interacting through emotions and body langage, Pepper is the described by the developers as the 'World's first personal robot that reads emotions.' It will be on sale from February 2015 for a base price of 198,000 JPY (1,930 USD). The robot was developed in collaboration with French company Aldebaran Robotics.  EPA/FRANCK ROBICHON

5 June 2014 | 8:52 pm – Source: metro.co.uk

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