TOKYO – The latest android-based Pepper robot, which is very popular in Japan, will for the first time visit an educational institution in Japan as part of an initiative to normalize the presence of robots in classrooms, NHK broadcaster reported on Wednesday.
The robot, which has already been used as assistants in banks and shops in the country, will be based in Shoshi secondary school in the Fukushima prefecture, to help students improve their English, NHK said.
Pepper, 120 cm tall and with a touch-screen on its chest, was launched into the market for domestic use last June for around $1,668, and is the first robot manufactured in the series that can communicate and interpret human emotions.
The robot’s manufacturer intends to employ it in the future across different sectors, including health, education and customer service.
The robot, which uses technology developed by Cocoro SB Corp., to generate its own emotions, has been jointly created by Japanese telecommunications giant SoftBank and French firm Aldebaran Robotics.