Pepper is a humanoid robot that can help tend to the needs of the elderly, thanks to its ability to sense and respond to human emotions. The robot was created by Japan-based Softbank alongisde France's Aldebaran Robotics. Aldebaran is largely known for Nao, the humanoid that plays soccer. Because of Pepper's emotion-sensing capabilities, the robot has the potential to change the nursing industry.
"People may look back 100 years later, or 200 years later (and say) that was a historic moment we are having today," said Masayoshi Son, CEO of Softbank, according to CNN.
Pepper is about 4 feet tall and weighs 62 pounds. At an event in Tokyo, the robot offered a traditional Japanese bow to the audience before having a conversation with Son and encouraging him to smile. Each robot can change its interactions, based on the mood of the people they are interacting with. Feedback is sent to cloud storage, and other units can use this information to change their own behaviors.
According to Quartz, Softback currently has Pepper humanoids stationed at their retail locations. They will be building a database of knowledge, which will eventually be used to aid in nursing and elderly care.
Pepper is expected to be available for purchase next year, for about $2,000.
Learn more about Pepper in the video below.