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Mini Pepper Robots invades Taiwan to be the ultimate PR personnel.
Mini Pepper Robots were introduced on Thursday by Cathay Life Insurance on its Taipei Branch. Exec. Vice President of Cathay Life Insurance Rachel Wang said that Pepper is programmed to serve customers and introduce products while customer waits for the queue.
Since the insurance company plans to have 10-robots in the country, Wang reminded the public that Pepper is not meant to replace their human staff. It is said that these robots will dance with you, have fun with your children and teach you aerobics, and after you have your fun, they will sell their product, The Star Online reported.
Aside from these, Pepper also has the ability to tell if you are feeling down and will listen to you if you are having problems. This four-foot tall robot is a product of the partnership between SoftBank from Japan and Adebran from France. The robots have already been introduced into other workplaces around the world, including in Japan and France.
According to The Japan Times, the robot only costs $1,900. They are used in 500 corporations in Japan like Nestle, Mizuho Bank and Nissan as customer service representatives or salesmen. They can also be used as waiters.
The robot was handed an employee ID card at a First Commercial Bank branch in Taipei and joined staff in an exercise routine before meeting the public. The news site also reported that Taiwan is the first overseas country that SoftBank provided Pepper's services.
Chang Cheng-kang, a bank customer, believes that this is a good way to kill time. The customer also believes that it's fun and educational to interact with Pepper.
As of to date, Adebran has been talking for partnership with an unknown corporation to get Pepper in the United States. In a report last year, they said that looking at the interactions between Americans will help Pepper know the American market.