Tokyo : Beware salespersons! An “emotional” robot designed to converse with shoppers has been brought to life, Time reported, according to IANS. Named Pepper by its developer Softbank, a Tokyo-based internet company, the humanoid robot struck conversations with shoppers and collected the opinions of customers. The robot was billed as “emotional” by SoftBank president Masayoshi Son, who said it understands “70 to 80 percent of spontaneous conversations”. The four-foot tall robot which moves on rollers is equipped with facial-recognition technology and a number of cameras, audio recorders and sensors.

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