Pepper, the $16,000 Japanese robot with a heart

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TOKYO, JAPAN – Robots have come a long way from the sci-fi days when Robby the Robot and Ann Francis starred in Forbidden Planet.

Now, there’s Pepper, the robot with a heart. Pepper is the product of Japanese telecom giant Softbank.

Engineers say Pepper recognizes human emotions, and then shows its own feelings.

Pepper (like the Tin Man from The Wizard of Oz ) registers emotion, jealousy, devotion, and really feels the part. It can stay young and chipper and can lock it with a zipper, because it has a heart.

Softbank sees Pepper as a companion for the elderly, a teacher for kids, and an assistant in offices and stores.

Softbank is selling a thousand of this robot from Tokyo until the end of the month at $16,000 a Pepper pop.

A service plan will set you back another $1,200 every month, but that will give you access to more than 200 apps.

For that amount of money, pepper better be able to do more than dance.

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