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