SoftBank’s robotics business is most known for the Pepper humanoid robot, which uses voice-recognition and voice-feedback software to learn as you talk to him. Pepper, according to SoftBank, will improve our lives in the same manner as the Internet, computers, and mobile devices did. Pepper learns about its surroundings using cloud computing and sends the interaction mechanisms to remote servers.
Pepper is the world’s first humanoid robot capable of recognising faces and human emotions. Pepper has already been used by over 2000 enterprises and organisations around the world to help them greet, inform, and assist guests in a unique way.
SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son has successfully formed the trio of SoftBank, Aldebaran Robotics, and Foxcomm Technologies, which is pushing the mass-produced, “empathetic” Pepper humanoid onto the global arena. Pepper has been rolled out at SoftBank’s stores and those of other customers across Europe and Asia since the company’s acquisition of Aldebaran in 2012.
According to Reuters, SoftBank is overhauling its robotics division, SoftBank Robotics, and has already ceased production of its Pepper robot. Although robotics is just one of several companies in which the major Japanese corporation has engaged, the possibility of permanently ceasing manufacturing of Pepper is noteworthy due to the robot’s status as a type of unofficial mascot for the corporation.
According to individuals and documents examined by a Media firm, SoftBank Group Corp (9984.T) is cutting positions at its worldwide robotics division and has ceased developing its Pepper robot, as the conglomerate downgrades its industry goals.
SoftBank said in a statement that it “will continue to make major investments in next-generation robots to serve our customers and partners.”
SoftBank owns SB Logistics and has investments in robotics business Berkshire Grey and warehouse robotics firm AutoStore, thus it is still involved in robotics and automation technologies.
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Iris Robotics, the joint company, showcased two devices that are evolutions of current goods. The first product is the “Whiz I Iris Edition,” a fresh twist on Softbank’s Whiz cleaning robot. The second product is Servi, Bear Robotics’ flagship robot, which has been upgraded.
Softbank has altered its robotics approach in various ways, the most notable of which being the sale of 80 percent of its ownership share in Boston Dynamics to Hyundai for $880 million. It also spent $2.8 billion for a 40% interest in AutoStore, a prominent producer of AS/RS (automated storage and retrieval systems).
Softbank has partnered with a significant participant in the logistics sector, which is expanding in terms of automation. AutoStore now has over 600 installations and 20,000 robots in 35 countries, with a global blue-chip customer base.