We might have to say goodbye to SoftBank’s adorable humanoid robot Pepperu. According to Reuters, the Japanese conglomerate stopped robot production last year and is on track to spread jobs in robotics companies in several countries. Apparently, there wasn’t much demand for Pepper, and SoftBank never produced just 27,000 units manufactured by Foxconn.
Nikkei he also reported that Pepper’s production was interrupted due to weak demand, but the SoftBank representative spoke negatively that the company was killing the robot entirely. “We plan to resume production if demand picks up,” the spokesman said.
While Pepper sold out in less than a minute when it was released in Japan in 2015, the company produced only 1,000 machines for its consumer launch. Pepper was built as a social robot that can recognize basic human views and emotions, so it can interact with people. Most of the units produced by SoftBank are leased to corporate customers, and the company has also placed the robot in its mobile phone stores in Japan.
Priced at more than $ 1,600, however, Pepper is a little too expensive for most developers and small businesses. ReutersSources said their sales have suffered from limited functionality and reliability. In addition, SoftBank has not been able to give the robot more functions, because the culture clashes between its French activity in charge of robotics projects and its Tokyo management would have influenced Pepper’s development.
After SoftBank shifted its focus to the Whiz police robot, Pepper was fired. The company expects to cut about half of its 330 staff positions in France in September, Reuters he said, and half of the sales staff positions in the United States and Britain had already been cut.
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