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Softbank's childlike robot with 'heart' set to go on sale

Softbank's childlike robot designed with 'heart' goes on sale, global plans in the works

Softbank's childlike robot with 'heart' set to go on sale

URAYASU, Japan (AP) -- Technology company Softbank's Pepper robot is going on sale in Japan Saturday, equipped with a "heart," designed to not only recognize human emotions but react with simulations of anger, joy and irritation.

The robot, which has no legs but has a hairless head and moving arms, went through a year of software development after being announced.

On Thursday, Softbank Chief Executive Masaoshi Son said the company was preparing for a global sales launch with partners Alibaba Group of China and FoxConn of Taiwan, which will each take a 20 percent stake in Softbank's robotics unit.

Details of when and where it will go on sale outside Japan were not given. It sells for 198,000 yen ($1,600) in Japan.

Updated : 2021-09-29 07:18 GMT+08:00