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Why SoftBank's Pepper could become the iPhone of robots

Pepper can't do housework, but it's a spearhead in the coming robotics wave

  • From left to right, Foxconn Technology Group CEO Terry Gou, SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son and Alibaba founder Jack Ma pose with household communications robot Pepper at Maihama, Japan, June 18, 2015.

  • SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son talks to the mobile carrier's communications robot Pepper while its emotion map is displayed behind them at an event in Maihama, Japan, June 18, 2015.

  • Alibaba Group founder Jack Ma speaks at an event in Maihama, Japan, June 18, 2015 for the consumer launch of SoftBank's communications robot Pepper. Alibaba will help sell the robot outside Japan.

  • Japanese mobile carrier SoftBank's communications robot Pepper hands out tissues at an event in Maihama, Japan, June 18, 2015, for its consumer launch.

  • Models pose with Japanese mobile carrier SoftBank's communications robot Pepper at a consumer launch event June 18, 2015, in Maihama, Japan.

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