1,000 eager people snapped up a new humanoid robot in Japan within a minute of it going on sale.
Pepper – the robot with a heart – went on sale on Saturday in Japan and all the units made available online were gone in 60 seconds, according to a report by the Japan Times.
Designed by robotics group Aldebaran for SoftBank, Pepper is a robot designed to live and interact with humans.
The new four foot tall robot has a cute, humanoid face and a screen on its chest, and is designed to communicate and empathise using voice and touch. Pepper is also able to analyse facial expressions, body language and words so as to adapt its behaviour and mannerisms to suit the person it’s with.
SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son said:
Pepper will become smarter every day by itself. Hundreds of thousands, millions of Peppers in the future, will teach each other and learn from each other simultaneously.
Customers were able to own a Pepper of their own for just 198,000 yen – which works out at around $1,608 or £1,014, although data and insurance fees did push the price up further.
Those wanting the robot will now have to wait until July, when the company aims to make more available.