SoftBank’s New Robot Knows Exactly How You Feel. (That’s Creepy.)


Global conglomerate SoftBank’s first foray into robotics is a tripod-based robot that can read human emotions.

So perhaps the robot is able to tell that we’re a little creeped out by it — as we are with most robots that are all too human.

Masayoshi Son, chairman and CEO of SoftBank, introduced the robot, Pepper, during a live press conference in Japan on Thursday. Standing at 4 feet tall and weighing in at roughly 61 pounds, Pepper was built in partnership with Aldebaran Robotics SAS and is designed to be an “affectionate” consumer automaton. With its giant eyes, childlike face and highly articulated head, arms and hands, the robot — at least from the chest up — looks even more humanlike than Honda’s bipedal …

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