Google IO: SoftBank, maker of AI Pepper robot, has news for US developers

When Japanese mobile phone company SoftBank offered 1000 of its emotionally intelligent Pepper robots for the consumer market last summer, the entire run sold out in under a minute. At CES this year, SoftBank announced that IBM would be bringing Watson’s artificial intelligence to Pepper, a bid to ready the robot for broad adoption in the home. Now SoftBank is planning to branch into the U.S. At Google IO today, the company announced that it’s opening up a new developer portal and adding SDK Android Studio to enable the development of custom applications for Pepper, continuing to evolve it’s capabilities ahead of its U.S. launch, which it’s planning later this year. “We’ll also be announcing the opening of SoftBank’s U.S. office, headquartered in San Francisco, which will be driving the…


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