Sprint parent company SoftBank will be bringing its android to the masses in February 2015. The android known as Pepper will hit U.S shores in the summer and will be sold within Sprint stores. While discussing Pepper with Bloomberg the Robotics CEO for SoftBank, Fumihide Tomizawa mentioned that the company has gotten hundreds of inquiries in different sectors about the android.
“We will sell Pepper in the United States within a year after gathering information in Japan. I won’t be surprised if Pepper sales will be half to business and half to consumers,” Tomizawa noted. Operating on a custom-made OS, SoftBank will also delve into apps and the like for Pepper to make the android usable for a variety of situations depending on particular needs and tasks.
Pepper stands roughly 4 feet tall and was originally meant for domestic and elderly use. The android caught on after it was announced that it would be geared towards business use as well during the June press conference. Tomizawa also touched on making Pepper durable for effective for industrial use saying the company could replace tens of millions of jobs using Pepper to improve productivity.
As stated before, it goes on sale in Japan in February 2015 for just under $2,000. The price and exact release date hasn’t been revealed for the U.S market.