It was the fifth batch of the robots, which went on sale in the Japanese market after SoftBank unveiled the device on the 18th of June 2015 for the first time.
At 10 am Saturday (JST) the 1000 Pepper robots, priced at 198,000 Japanese Yen (1490€), were put up by SoftBank for sale online, and sold out in one minute.
SoftBank sold out the first batch of 1000 units in one minute after they were put up for sale online June 20, 2015. The second to fourth batches were also snapped up by consumers promptly. The Japanese high-tech firm said that the sixth batch of Pepper robots is scheduled to go on sale online on the 28th of November 2015.
Pepper is supposed to be a “social companion for humans”. The robot is not only able to read human emotions, but also to communicate with a person through the most intuitive interface we know: voice, touch, and emotions. Softbank has upgraded the Pepper robot, and the new version is able to memorize and store data on human responses by using cloud technology-based AI applications.